Advancing Racial Equity in Maternal Mental Health Policy

Policymakers across the country must work aggressively to fight racial inequities in maternal health. People who are Black, Native, or from other communities of color are disproportionately likely to experience negative perinatal outcomes. Nearly two in five women of color experience depression after giving birth—almost double the rate faced by new moms overall. This large inequity, and many other health and socio-economic disparities, are the products of racism and inequality. As a national anti-poverty organization, CLASP is committed to promoting racial equity and disrupting systems of inequity across the country.

This brief offers a variety of strategies that policymakers and advocates can use to advance racial equity in maternal mental health. It offers many effective models from communities across the country. While many of these success stories are about broad health issues, they contain lessons that can be applied to maternal mental health policy.