St. Louis Included in Merck's Next Cohort of Safer Childbirth Cities

Updated: Feb 4

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced its funding support of a second cohort of nine city-based projects across the country — expanding its Safer Childbirth Cities initiative to additional communities that have a high burden of maternal mortality and morbidity to help improve maternal health outcomes and reduce racial inequities in care. The newly selected projects will focus on addressing maternal health needs in their respective city, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pregnant women and new mothers and will catalyze innovative approaches to ensure long-term change and support before, during and after childbirth.


Jamaa Birth Village, STL Doulas of Color Collective, and Generate Health STL are partnering to increase Black women’s access to culturally congruent holistic maternal health services by building a sustainable doula workforce and integrating doula care into existing health and hospital systems.



Read the full press release here.

Read the full update from Generate Health STL here.

Read more about Safer Childbirth Cities here.



Header image credit: Merck's Safer Childbirth Cities website.

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