SXSW 2019

Giving Birth in America


America is facing a maternal health crisis. Our country has the highest healthcare costs, yet our mothers face the highest maternal death rate in the developed world. What are we paying for? Not high-quality care and better outcomes. Christy Turlington Burns, Founder & CEO of Every Mother Counts, will share her own birth story and the complication that followed the birth of her daughter, which led her to start the non-profit. This panel will explore the realities of giving birth in America today and examine the underlying factors that are raising U.S. maternal mortality such as provider shortages, lack of insurance, racial and socioeconomic disparities, chronic conditions, and over-medicalization. It will also cover policy and care solutions to improve birth outcomes for moms and babies.

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  1. America is facing a maternal health crisis. The U.S. has the highest health care costs, but continues to see poor outcomes. We must change that.
  2. Giving birth in America is increasingly dangerous for women because access to quality and respectful maternity care is the exception, not the norm.
  3. Policy changes can impact lives- expanding Medicaid in Louisiana has helped more women get preventive care, improving pregnancy outcomes.



Wallis Post, Director of Marketing & Communications , Every Mother Counts

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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