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PermanenteDocs Chat on addressing health disparities in maternal care


The Black maternal mortality rate in this country remains a significant public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black women are 3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. As part of Black Maternal Health Week, this PermanenteDocs Chat looked at an innovative maternal care program developed by Permanente physicians and leaders at Kaiser Permanente in Georgia to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care for pregnant patients that addresses risk factors such as hypertension among Black pregnant women. Host Alex McDonald, MD, chatted with Ericka Gibson, MD, with The Southeast Permanente Medical Group in Georgia to learn more about how care teams are helping pregnant women have quality and safe maternal care journeys.


  • Ericka Gibson, MD, MPH, obstetrician-gynecologist and physician program director, Perinatal Safety and Quality, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group.

Program notes

Referenced in the chat was the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative.