In New Jersey, African American women are four or five times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women.
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumpter discusses a package of measures aimed at reversing maternal mortality rates in New Jersey.
A doula is an informational, educational, and emotional support for women before, during and after birth.
New Jersey ranks 45th in the country in maternal deaths. According to United Health Foundation, about 38 women die for every 100,000 live births. The national average is about 21.
While diversity and training has increased in the medical field, patients who testified say cultural barriers can hinder access to high-quality medical care.