Comprehensive Perinatal Supports

Alleviating racial disparities by prioritizing perinatal supports

As currently structured and funded in Illinois, the perinatal support system does not address the full scope of supports and needs of pregnant people and families, especially families at higher risk for poor birth outcomes. Unfortunately, both maternal and infant mortality and morbidity outcomes in Illinois lag behind the national data along racially disproportionate lines.

Non-Hispanic Black women

are 2x more likely to die

of a pregnancy-

related condition.

Implementing quality & accessible supports

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that in Illinois, non-Hispanic Black women are twice as likely to die of a pregnancy-related condition than non-Hispanic white women, and babies born to non-Hispanic Black women in Illinois die at nearly three times the rate of babies born to non-Hispanic white women. The vast majority of these deaths are deemed preventable with the expansion and implementation of quality and accessible supports. 

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How to Get There

  • Expand and improve the continuum of perinatal supports for all pregnant persons, newborns and their family and community support systems regardless of their immigration status 
  • Extend the postpartum period of services and supports for the full 12 months after birth regardless of immigration status with a dyadic focus 
  • Improve the quality of care during the perinatal period by establishing procedures and protocols that address institutional and systemic racism and implicit bias 

Projected Impact

  • Offer nearly 30,000 new parents a newborn nurse home visit through expansion of universal newborn supports in 10 new Illinois communities and implementation in four Chicago hospitals, reaching 20% of all newborns and their parents 
  • Extend postpartum health care coverage continuously for 12 months to reach 63,500 birthing parents 

Offer ~30,000

new parents

a newborn nurse

home visit

Grow doula services

from 1,110 to 15,100

birthing parents

  • Grow access to doula services from 1,100 to 15,100 birthing parents 
  • Increase enrollment rates for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children by 10% to reach nearly 19,000 more people 

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