The high mortality rate of pregnant Black women was once a little-known fact. But now that awareness of this issue has been raised within our community, the question people want to know the answer to is why are so many Black women dying during childbirth. To help shed light on this issue and what we can do to put maternal power back into the hands of our mothers, MadameNoire editor Keyaira Kelly sat down with Monifa Bandele, Senior Vice President of Maternal Justice at Moms Rising, for a candid conversation on the risks Black women face within the health care system and how we can change these daunting statistics for our mothers and their babies.

What the conversation in the video above and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below.

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