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Friday, June 30, 2017

Screening, panel July 1 talk about black women's maternal mortality crisis

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 11:27 AM

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To coincide with this weekend's Essence Festival, Black Mamas Matter Alliance and Planned Parenthood Federation of America host a screening of the documentary The Naked Truth: Death by Delivery Saturday.

The Fusion-produced film documents the rising maternal mortality rate for black women and babies, often attributed to problems with access to health care for women of color and systemic inequities in the greater health care system. It's one facet of a larger maternal mortality crisis affecting the U.S., where women are more likely to die during pregnancy or in childbirth than in any other developed nation.

A panel discussion featuring The Root managing editor Danielle Belton and representatives from the Black Lives Matter movement, the National Birth Equity Collaborative, SisterSong Women of Color Collective and Planned Parenthood follows the screening.

The event takes place at Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. If you're interested but can't make it, the full film also is available online.

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