A recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics provided unwelcome news – during the first year of the pandemic the number of deaths among pregnant women and new mothers rose 14%, with Black women most affected. Why does the United States have some of the worst rates for maternal and infant health as compared to other highly industrialized countries? And why are we failing so many moms and babies, with too many born too sick and too soon? In this episode of the Business Group on Health Podcast, we speak with Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO of the March of Dimes about the maternal health crisis and solutions to address this challenge, both in the policy arena and the corporate setting. Black Maternal Health Week takes place every year from April 11-17 and was officially recognized by the White House in 2021.