June 5, 2019, Richmond, VAGovernor Northam Announces Goal to Eliminate Racial Disparity in Virginia Maternal Mortality Rate by 2025

Governor Ralph Northam today announced a goal to eliminate the racial disparity in the maternal mortality rate in Virginia by 2025. In Virginia, the maternal mortality rate for black women is over two times as high as white women, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Governor Northam outlined the goal during a ceremonial bill signing of House Bill 2546, which codifies the Maternal Mortality Review Team in Virginia, and House Bill 2613, which adds perinatal anxiety to the list of information providers must give patients.  Read More