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Native American Maternal Protection

Working to Improve the Maternal Mortalities, Morbidities, and Disparities of Native American: Mothers, Birthing Women, and Infants.

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The Native American Maternal Protection Division, a pivotal component of the American Maternal Infant Protection program, is dedicated to addressing the pressing issue of maternal mortality and disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) women. Alarming statistics reveal that AIAN women face maternal mortality rates three to four times higher than their white counterparts, emphasizing the urgent need for targeted support and resources. This division strives to eliminate these disparities by providing comprehensive assistance to ensure the well-being of Native American maternal women.

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  • Maternal Mortality Rates: AIAN women confront a startling reality, being three to four times more likely than white women to succumb to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. This stark contrast underscores the critical need for specialized attention to address the unique challenges faced by Native American maternal populations.

  • Severe Maternal Morbidity: Beyond mortality rates, AIAN women experience a higher incidence of severe maternal morbidity, painting a concerning picture of maternal health. This includes a preterm labor rate and obstetrical hemorrhage rate that is more than double that of white women. The Native American Maternal Protection Division recognizes the urgency of mitigating these risks and works tirelessly to provide targeted resources.

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Action Plan

WMHO's Native American Maternal Infant Protection Division, has developed a comprehensive initiative aimed at revolutionizing maternal healthcare and ensuring equitable access to quality care for all mothers.

The Role of the Native American Maternal Protection Division:

  • Culturally Competent Care: Recognizing the importance of cultural sensitivity, the division ensures that healthcare providers are trained to deliver care that respects and understands the unique cultural backgrounds of AIAN women. This approach fosters trust and encourages women to seek timely and appropriate prenatal care.

  • Accessible Healthcare Services: The division focuses on improving the accessibility of healthcare services for Native American maternal women, addressing geographical challenges and promoting community-based care. By enhancing access to prenatal and postnatal services, the division aims to reduce the incidence of complications and improve overall maternal health outcomes.

  • Community Outreach and Education: Raising awareness within Native American communities is crucial. The division actively engages in community outreach and education initiatives to empower women with knowledge about maternal health, preventive measures, and available resources. This proactive approach contributes to early intervention and improved maternal outcomes.

  • Advocacy for Policy Changes: The Native American Maternal Protection Division advocates for policy changes at local, state, and federal levels to address systemic issues contributing to maternal health disparities. This includes advocating for increased funding, research, and the development of policies that prioritize the well-being of AIAN women during pregnancy and childbirth.

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In conclusion, the Native American Maternal Protection Division plays a pivotal role in addressing the alarming rates of maternal mortality and disparities faced by AIAN women. By providing culturally competent care, improving healthcare accessibility, conducting community outreach, and advocating for policy changes, this division strives to eliminate the gaps in maternal health outcomes. Through collaborative efforts, it aspires to create a future where Native American maternal women receive the support and resources they need to experience safe and healthy pregnancies.

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