Rally held in North Charleston to demand better health care for moms and newborns

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A rally was held Sunday afternoon in North Charleston to demand better health care for moms and their newborns.

The event was organized by the local chapter of 'March for Moms' and was held in Park Circle.

Members are concerned about the state of health care for mothers and their newborns.

The event brought out many moms and their children.

There was food, music and vendors and a message.

"Raise awareness, like did you see these statistics?" said 'March for Moms' coordinator Cynthia Lenehan.

Reminders of those statistics were placed on tables outside the Felix C. Davis Community Center.

For example, ten percent of babies in the United States are born premature.

One in five women will experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after childbirth.

"We estimate there are 83,000 women of color dying each year from maternal issues that can be prevented," Lenehan said.

Larken Journigan is a mother of three.

"I've had three wonderful births but most of the people I know have not and it affects them far beyond the birth. They carry it with them into motherhood and it just makes me real sad," Journigan said.

Organizers told the crowd they need to make their voices heard for solutions.

"Letting your congressmen, your representatives, the people in Washington who are your voice know that these matters matter to you and getting them to start working for change," Lenehan said.

"I think the biggest thing is listening to women because we're talking, we're saying what we need and no one's listening," Journigan said.

'March for Moms' says the in the next few days the U.S. Senate will vote on the Maternal Mortality bill, which they hope will address their concerns.

The North Charleston rally was one of more than 50 held across the country.

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