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Rep. Robin Kelly Calls Attention to Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, today released the following statement on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month: 

“Tragically, women and families across the United States are impacted by pregnancy and infant loss. In fact, one in four women in this country will experience pregnancy or infant loss. We know that women of color are overrepresented in this group, with non-Hispanic Black women and Indigenous women twice as likely to experience stillbirth in comparison to non-Hispanic white women. This is just one example of the terrible legacy inequitable access to healthcare is creating in our country.

“Each loss is heartbreaking, and there is more we can do to provide better healthcare, support healthy pregnancies and save the lives of newborns. This is why I am fighting to increase investments in maternal healthcare, expand research and clinical trials, eliminate cultural biases in medical care, improve cultural competency in healthcare, close the Medicaid coverage gap and extend postpartum Medicaid coverage.

“Unfortunately, many women dealing with pregnancy and infant loss bear the burden alone, uncomfortable or unempowered to speak up about their experience. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and I encourage you to share your story or reach out to a friend who has been impacted to let them know they are not alone. We must support survivors of pregnancy and infant loss while working together to prevent future heartbreak.”