BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The Kern County Board of Supervisors declared May 2022 as Latina Maternal Health Awareness Month Tuesday morning.
Local health officials say Kern County has the highest pregnancy -related death rate in California.
Kern County also has the second highest child mortality in the state, second only to San Luis Obispo County.
According to the board, the proclamation of Latina Maternal Health Awareness Month is a critical step in addressing the growing maternal health crisis here at home and across the state.
“The goal of this proclamation is not only to educate the community on the differences faced by Latina women in the health care industry, but also to help give Latinas the support they need to ensure that they receive adequate healthcare during and after pregnancy, ”District 5 Supervisor. Leticia Perez said.
The board also heard from the family of Tracy Dominguez, who lost her daughter, Demi Dominguez, and premature granddaughter Malakhi in 2019 due to Demi’s undiagnosed pre-eclampsia.
According to Consumer Watchdog, the Dominguez family is instrumental in pushing for recent changes to the law, which increase the fee limit in medical negligence cases.