Breaking Barriers: Maternal Health and Race

May 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for a conversation about the challenges facing pregnant Kentuckians of color.

Advocates and policymakers will discuss the work currently being done to address these racial disparities and what is still needed so all Kentuckians can have safe and healthy pregnancies.

Register here to attend and participate in the Q&A using Zoom. You will need a free Zoom account to attend. This discussion will not be live-streamed on any platforms. 


  • Tanya Franklin, M.D., University of Louisville
  • Angela Hardison Breckinridge, Doula, Hens and Chicks Birth Services
  • Mashayla Hays, Reproductive Justice Advocate (formerly an ACLU of Kentucky legal fellow)
  • Alexa Hughes, Granny's Girls Birth Initiatives
  • Jackie McGranahan, ACLU of Kentucky
  • Attica Scott, Kentucky State Representative
  • Dr. Corrine Williams, University of Kentucky College of Public Health


Kentuckians of color are nearly 3 times more likely to die from complications during or shortly after childbirth than their white peers. This disturbing trend is even worse for Black Kentuckians and applies regardless of education or income. Research points to implicit bias and racism as the root causes of these deadly trends.


  • Increased information in reports about infant and maternal mortality so policymakers and advocates can continue to better understand the issue
  • Increased access to doulas so pregnant people can have individualized and culturally specific education about pregnancy and childcare
  • Anti-racism training for medical professionals

Breaking Barriers is our new series of discussions about the issues facing pregnant Kentuckians. We'll engage community groups, advocates, and policymakers to see how we can all work together to reduce racial disparities in maternal and infant health and improve outcomes for all Kentuckians.