NJ first lady's plan aims to cut childbirth deaths, race gaps

ASBURY PARK, NJ - MAY 06: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy attend the 2018 New Jersey Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Asbury Park Convention Center on May 6, 2018 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Im

New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy has unveiled a sweeping plan to help reduce maternal and infant mortality and racial gaps that experts say lead to deaths.

The 94-page Nurture New Jersey plan comes almost two years to the day since the first lady called for a public awareness campaign about maternal and infant mortality.

New Jersey has among the worst maternal mortality rates in the country, ranking 47th, according to the plan. It also has a steep race gap.

Black mothers in the state are seven times more likely than white mothers to die from pregnancy-related complications, according to the document, which uses state health department data.


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