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St. David’s Foundation giving $2 million to prevent death in childbirth

We’ve written about Texas having the highest maternal mortality rate in the nation.  Texas had 35.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014 compared with 23.8 for the rest of the country, excluding California and Texas, according to a report published in Obstetrics and Gynecology. DThe World Health Organization’s definition is when a woman dies while pregnant or within 42 days of her pregnancy ending.

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Cheryl Givens-Perkins kisses her grandchild Camille Pate, 2 at their home. Cheryl Givens-Perkins’ daughter passed away two years ago giving birth to the twins, and Cheryl is now taking care her grandchildren as a single parent. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Now St. David’s Foundation is trying to help local nonprofit organizations address that. It’s awarding $2 million in grant money toward programs that work on providing maternal health benefits.

Here are the awardees, their project and the amount awarded.

Cardea: Build capacity of Women, Infants and Children and Federally Qualified Health Centers sites for opioid screening, intervention, and referral. $300,000

Hand to Hold: More effectively serve African-American NICU moms with attention to depression, breastfeeding, and peer support. $150,000

Mama Sana Vibrant Woman: Institute structured postnatal program with home visiting, support groups, social support, and yoga for moms of color. $169,405 (Fiscal Sponsor: Austin Community Foundation)

Texans Care for Children: Analyze provider readiness to implement new Texas postpartum depression screening benefit and substance abuse services. $86,000

Austin Recovery:  Produce action plan to provide postpartum care to high risk new moms in Family House residential treatment. $273,281

El Buen Samaritano: Culturally and linguistically competent outreach to increase postpartum visit adherence among Latina moms. $125,000

Lone Star Circle of Care: Employ nurse care coordinator to engage patients in mom-baby teams and work across providers to improve outcomes. $186,681

People’s Community Clinic: Improve current postpartum care model to better serve women who experienced prenatal health complications.
$200,000

Texas State School of Nursing: Translational research using an SMS text messaging and group chat platform to inform, educate, and connect underserved women in Hays County with services and information. $209,633

University of Texas Steve Hicks School of Social Work: Engage Black women in community-based participatory research and strategic planning to tackle maternal mortality disparities. $300,000


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