Maternal Health Awareness Day

Raising awareness of maternal mortality

Maternal Health Awareness Day is Tuesday, Jan. 23 and it’s purpose is to raise awareness of maternal mortality and educate women, physicians, and families about ways they can protect and care for expectant mothers.

Access to maternal health care has increasingly become unobtainable for many patients in the United States. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), rural access to maternal care grows ever more challenging, with more than one-third of U.S. counties considered maternity care deserts.

At Woman’s, we strive to provide access to care for women in the community and outside of the Greater Baton Rouge area. Many of our physicians dedicate their time to travel across Louisiana into maternity care deserts to provide care to high-risk maternity patients. In addition, our two mobile mammography coaches travel across Louisiana into rural areas to provide mammogram screening to women who otherwise could not access it. As an organization committed to improving the lives of women and infants, we will continue to make it part of our mission to expand access to maternal care.