PTBi Members Testify in Sacramento for SB 464

On June 25th, members of PTBi joined Black Women for Wellness and other advocates in Sacramento to testify for SB 464 - California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act, authored by Senator Mitchell and Assembly Member Weber.

Originally introduced by LA-based program, Black Women for Wellness, the bill aims to address the deep disparities in pregnancy-related black deaths and severe injury, by implementing implicit bias training and improved data collection.

More specifically, according to Senator Mitchell's office, "The legislation requires:

  • All perinatal healthcare providers and staff (Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistant, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistant and other administration) to go through a comprehensive implicit bias training and evaluation.
  • The Department of Public Health to collect maternal mortality and morbidity data and publish that data at least every three years.
  • Updates death certificates to better capture pregnancy-related deaths
  • Informs patients about how to file discrimination complaints."

Through the dedicated efforts of the powerful advocates who testified, we are excited to share that the bill received a unanimous vote 15-0 in the health committee. The bill is set to move towards appropriations in the Assembly.

Learn More About the Bill

Senator Mitchell's official statement on SB 464