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One State’s Approach to Maternal Deaths: Free Nurse Visits After Birth

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New Jersey is one of the most dangerous states in the country for women to give birth, particularly Black women, who are seven times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications in the state than white women.

A new bill establishing a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns is designed to help address that. The bill, which Gov. Philip D. Murphy signed into law on Thursday, is part of a broader plan to reduce the maternal mortality rate in the state, which experts say is the fourth highest in the country. 

Read the full article here, originally published by The New York Times on July 29, 2021.