Black Oklahomans are 50% more likely than white Oklahomans to die from maternity-related complications. Black babies in Oklahoma are almost 2.5 times more likely than white babies to die before their first birthday.

Watch our discussion with information and resources that families can use to empower themselves to improve health outcomes for themselves and their babies.


LaBrisa Williams — executive director of the Tulsa Birth Equity Initiative

Marnie Jackson — mother, maternal health advocate

Dr. Syeachia Dennis — assistant dean for equity and community engagement and associate professor at OU-TU School of Community Medicine


Jacqueline Blocker — data & policy director at the Take Control Initiative

This project received support from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 National Fellowship.