Elevating Black Pregnant Voices for Self-Advocacy
Black women have the highest rate of maternal mortality in the United States. Racism, access to health care, lack of quality health care providers, and lack of childbirth and advocacy education are contributors to maternal mortality. Childbirth education can prepare pregnant women and advocacy education can help patients understand their rights .This study explores the experiences and impact for Black pregnant women after attending a childbirth and advocacy education course. The findings indicate that when Black pregnant women know their rights, confidence to advocate for birth is increased, and support teams can help ensure rights are respected in birth.