By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – This week is “Black Maternal Health Week” which is a week dedicated to new and expectant mothers.READ MORE: Driver Taken To Hospital After Crashing Car Over Embankment Along Rt. 51 In Fayette County
Today, dozens of women gathered on the North Shore for a photoshoot with the goal of creating awareness of the health issues facing all expectant women, especially Black women.READ MORE: Steelers Launching Fireworks Program To Make Sure Fans Get Into Heinz Field In Time For Kickoff
Studies show that Black women die at an exponentially higher rate during pregnancy and childbirth.
“Black women, especially, are dying two-to-three times more so than white women,” said one of the organizers. “It’s a national crisis, an overcomplicated issue, but we have the resources and the technology to solve it.”MORE NEWS: Man Hospitalized After SUV Rolls Down Hillside Near Steelers Facility On South Side
The organizers of the event said that their goal isn’t just to raise awareness – but to save lives.