New Jersey: Legislation Requiring Training for Maternal Health Care Professionals

New Jersey: Legislation Requiring Training for Maternal Health Care Professionals

TRENTON  NJ (STL.News) Governor Phil Murphy today signed S703/A1079, requiring all health care professionals who provide perinatal treatment and care to pregnant persons at a hospital or birthing center undergo explicit and implicit bias training.  The requirement of the explicit and implicit bias training will help to improve New Jersey’s high rates of Black maternal and infant mortality and the racial disparities that drive this crisis.

“The health of our Black mothers and babies is critical to the health of our state – period,” said Governor Murphy.  “This value is reflected in my Fiscal Year 2021 budget through the full funding of explicit and implicit bias training for all staff at our labor and delivery hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers.  I am grateful and proud that my colleagues in the Legislature share this value and I am committed to continuing our work to eliminate the racial disparities that fuel the Black maternal and infant and mortality crisis in New Jersey.”

“For the past three years, Nurture NJ has been laser focused on transforming a system that has historically failed Black women and babies,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy.  “The Nurture NJ Maternal and Infant Health Statewide Strategic Plan is our blueprint to address the core factor at the heart of our Black maternal and infant health crisis — implicit bias and systemic racism. 

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Author: Maryam Shah