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ACY is excited to be partnering with B’more for Healthy Babies, The Family League of Baltimore City, the Baltimore City Health Department and Andrea Williams-Muhammad, co-founder/Executive Director of Nzuri Malki Birth Collective and national collaborator with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance to pass legislation that will allow counties to form Maternal Mortality Review Teams to help prevent maternal deaths related to childbirth and eliminate the current racial disparities that persist across Maryland. The maternal mortality rate is 2.7x higher for Black women in Maryland than white women. Nationally, black women with the highest levels of education and socio-economic status have worse birth outcomes than white women with the least amount of education and who are in the lowest socio-economic groups. By allowing jurisdictions with high maternal mortality rates to analyze these deaths, we are hopeful that systemic changes can be made to eliminate these disparities for black women.