The goal of the photoshoot, according to the organizers, wasn't just to raise awareness but save lives.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – This week is “Black Maternal Health Week” which is a week dedicated to new and expectant mothers.

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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.

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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.”

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The organizers of the event said that their goal isn’t just to raise awareness – but to save lives.