Work Supports for Reducing Maternal Mortality: The Role of Paid Family and Medical Leave

Location: Online

Time: 3/29/19, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Maternal mortality has been on the rise in the United States since the 1990s and the United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed nation in the world according to the World Health Organization. Maternal mortality also varies widely by race and ethnicity in the United States, with Black women more than three times as likely to die in childbirth as White women.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the University of California-Berkeley’s Work-Family Supports and Health Research Hub in partnership with the African American Policy Forum’s Her Dream Deferred week presents, “Work Supports for Reducing Maternal Mortality: The Role of Paid Family and Medical Leave.”



Dr. Heidi Hartmann, President and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research


Dr. Julia Goodman, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University

Dr. Rada Dagher, Program Officer, Clinical Health Services Research Branch, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH

Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Founder and President, National Birth Equity Collaborative

Jennie Joseph, Founder and Executive Director, Commonsense Childbirth Inc.


This panel will explore the reasons why Black women disproportionately die as a result of childbirth and the important role that paid family and medical leave plays in reducing maternal mortality, especially for Black women.

This webinar is the first of a series of three webinars produced in partnership with the Policies for Action—a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, administered by the Urban Institute—on the impacts of work supports on health outcomes.

The webinar series will bring together researchers, policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders to discuss the evidence that work supports, such as paid family and medical leave, can positively affect family health and well-being.

Upcoming Webinars:

  1. Work Supports to Improve Child Health
    April 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm (ET)
  2. Work Supports to Improve Adult Health,
    May 31, 2019 at 3:00 pm (ET).

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