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Tackling racial disparities in maternal care

Pregnancy and birth risks reveal stark health inequities.

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Improving outcomes for all mothers and babies

Together with our local communities, we can build a support system, expand access and tailor care to the unique needs of all mothers.

How can we reduce maternal health inequities?

The maternal mortality rate is defined as death within six weeks of giving birth. In the United States, that rate is worse than any other industrialized nation. But Optum is pioneering a plan to combat this crisis, improving outcomes for birthing people and babies.

Data collection and analysis, innovative care approaches and scaling best practices are having an impact. They're helping to ensure all pregnant people and babies have what they need to thrive.

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What will it take to make affordable, quality health care accessible to all?

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