New initiative aims to rectify racial disparity amongst pregnant women, moms

The San Francisco program hopes to give $1,000 each month to pregnant Black and Pacific Islander women and moms during and after pregnancy to mitigate the massive racial gap in birthing outcomes.
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some pregnant women and new moms with checks for $1,000 a month. Janai is here with more on this program. Hey, janai. Reporter: Good morning. We have reported on the massive racial gap for birthing. Women of color and their babies. Black babies died at a rate more than two times white babies. Now a new initiative hoping to make a significant impact. This morning, a groundbreaking new project aiming to help save the lives of black and brown women giving birth and their babies while chipping away at economic and health We were seeing a number of babies pass away and not make it. So we wanted to change the outcomes, and we saw a huge disparity. Reporter: San Francisco mayor bronden breed announcing the abundant birth project. Providing 150 pacific islanders and black women with a supplement of $1,000 a month, during pregnancy, and for an additional six months post-partum. It sheds light on a daunting problem nationwide. Racial disparities and disparities in wealth are affecting women of color. According to the CDC, black women are three to four times more likely to die while giving birth and black babies die as twice the rate of white babies. Earlier this year, the death of amber rose Isaac, a 26-year-old ignited outrage after she tragically died during an emergency c-section, and being posted about with her experience of what she called incompetent doctors during her pregnancy. She was ignored time and time and time again. She voiced her concerns. Reporter: In San Francisco, the inequalities are even more staggering. Black women account for 5% of births, but 23% of infant deaths between 2012 and 2014 were black babies. What do you think weighs into that? I think it's so important to recognize that there's a myriad of causes, but at the root of all of those causes frankly is racism, and in San Francisco, we have a legacy of both urban renewal and redlining, both of which have significantly impacted black families' ability to partake in the wealth that's being generated right now in the city. Reporter: With the figures unwavering, calls for change have grown louder. What we're trying to do is give black families and other families who have been disproportionately impacted by economic racism the opportunity to have the same kind of family experience as other people. Reporter: For mayor breed, enough is enough. What do you say to critics who would say, you know, yes, I care about all those things, we should do something to help those disparities, but question whether cash in hand is the way to go about it? I'm tired of debating it. I'm tired of talking about it, and it's time to push for action. And the mayor is hoping this project could become a model for the rest of the country to follow. A doctor said, we have to try something new if we want to see something different. This is on "Turning point," a month-long special event on "Nightline." Focusing on racial issues facing the country. That's important information to talk about. And that "Turning point" series, I'll say it again, is really cool. Everybody should check it out.

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