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Black Maternal Health Week 2023

Wayside Recovery Center celebrates Black Maternal Health Week 2023

Held annually on April 11-17th, Black Maternal Health Week is a campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance​ to build awareness, activism, and community-building​ to amplify ​the voices, perspectives and lived experiences of Black Mamas and birthing people.

Black Maternal Health week brings awareness, action and education to the forefront of this important public health crisis. “American Indian/Alaska Native and Black women are 2 to 3 times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women. Each year in the United States about 700 people die during pregnancy or in the year after. Another 50,000 people each year have unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery with serious short or long-term health consequences. Every pregnancy related death is tragic, especially because two in three of them are preventable.” CDC Website 2023

To celebrate Black Maternal Health Week, Wayside Recovery Center invites you to watch one of our presentations about innovative ways to improve maternal health outcomes and reduce disparities. Wayside has produced over 30 archived Project Echo Education videos presented by a talented team of national experts such as Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji, Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, PhD, MPH, CHES, and more. Visit Wayside Recovery Center’s YouTube channel and scroll through to find a topic that interests you.

To recommend a great speaker or for more information about the MIH Project ECHO Series, please contact Nicole Fernandez, Maternal & Infant Health Project Manager at

For more information about Black Mamas Matter Alliance, visit Black Mamas Matter Alliance – Advancing Black Maternal Health, Rights & Justice

About Wayside Recovery Center

For over 69 years, Wayside Recovery Center has improved the lives of nearly 40,000 women and 7,000 children in Minnesota impacted by trauma and addiction. With three gender-specific treatment locations in the Twin Cities, Wayside offers complete, holistic care for every stage of the recovery journey – from prevention to treatment to long-term recovery. Wayside was the first in Minnesota and now one of only four treatment facilities in the state to offer family residential treatment, welcoming pregnant women and women with young children. Visit to learn more.