We recently produced a series of short social media video promotions for the Board on Children, Youth, and Families at the National Academies of Sciences, Health and Medicine. These videos are in support of the release of the study Birth Settings in America: Outcomes, Quality, Access, and Choice.
The delivery of high quality and equitable care for both mothers and newborns is complex and requires efforts across many sectors. The United States spends more on childbirth than any other country in the world, yet outcomes are worse than other high-resource countries, and even worse for Black and Native American women. There are a variety of factors that influence childbirth, including social determinants such as income, educational levels, access to care, financing, transportation, structural racism and geographic variability in birth settings. It is important to reevaluate the United States’ approach to maternal and newborn care through the lens of these factors across multiple disciplines.National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine