Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

Improve Black Maternal Health

Illinois can’t wait to address Black maternal health disparities.

In the United States, the rate of maternal mortality is three to four times higher than other developed nations and significant disparities exist between racial and ethnic groups. Between 2011 and 2014, pregnancy-related mortality in the U.S. was four times higher for Black women than white women.

Illinois is the fifth most populous state and the fifth in the nation for births each year. Between 2008 and 2016, an average of 73 women died each year within one year of pregnancy and non-Hispanic Black women were six times as likely to die of a pregnancy-related condition as non-Hispanic White women.

Get involved.

The Black Organizing Program is an organized effort to elevate voices within the Black community and center our advocacy work in civic participation.

We support legislation that will:

We support legislation that will:

  • expand Medicaid to cover perinatal depression screenings, case management, and outreach for 12-months postpartum
  • expand services to treat high-risk pregnant and postpartum people, using criteria designed to reduce racial disparities in maternal health outcomes
  • mandate private insurance plans to make it easier to get long-acting reversible contraceptives like IUD's immediately postpartum; cover pregnancy and newborn care in alignment with ACA Essential Health Benefits; cover treatment for mental, emotional, nervous, or substance use disorders for pregnant and postpartum people for up to one year after giving birth; and cover case management and outreach for postpartum people with high-risk pregnancies
  • require hospitals to incorporate best practices into their written policies
  • require the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to seek federal approval of a State Plan amendment to expand Medicaid coverage for family planning services for individuals at or below 208% federal poverty level
  • require Medicaid to cover a universal postpartum visit within the first 3 weeks after childbirth and a comprehensive visit 4 to 12 weeks postpartum, to encourage attendance of postpartum visits

Thank you for your advocacy and support!

Because of your support, the Illinois General Assembly passed a package of bills advancing health equity throughout Illinois! Be sure to sign up for our email list to hear about future advocacy opportunities.


Sign up!

This website uses cookies

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our Necessary Cookies as they are deployed to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data, including session replay, to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.



We use web analytics to help us understand user engagement with our website, trends, and overall reach of our products.