(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser proclaimed September 9-15, 2018 “Maternal and Infant Health” Week in Washington, DC. Tomorrow, September 12 at 9 am, Mayor Bowser will convene national leaders and policy experts with members of the community at DC’s first-ever Maternal and Infant Health Summit. The summit will provide an opportunity for an honest dialogue and steps forward on developing an agenda that addresses the disproportionally high rates of maternal mortality experienced by women of color – both in Washington, DC and across the nation.
“Here in Washington, DC, we are working every day to ensure all women have an equal opportunity to access health care and achieve well-being before, during, and after child birth —regardless of background, zip code, or income,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “This summit will address the disproportionally high rates of maternal mortality experienced by people of color and complement the work my Administration is doing across all eight wards to provide women and children with the care they need to live healthy, happy lives.”
The proclamation advances the following values framework for improving perinatal health outcomes:
- Every teenage girl and woman in DC is in control of her reproductive health.
- Every pregnant woman receives patient-centered, high-quality prenatal care beginning in the 1st trimester.
- Every healthcare provider has the tools and resources they need to provide quality care and manage complex social needs of women and infants.
- Every healthcare facility providing maternal and infant care has the tools and resources to practice evidence-based healthcare and to document Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance activities.
- Every newborn receives high-quality neonatal care in the hospital and outpatient setting.
- Every parent has the life skills and resources needed to nurture and provide for their family.
- Every infant, mom, and dad has a safe and healthy environment to thrive and receive the support they need to promote early childhood development and learning.