BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Board of Supervisors proclaimed May 2022 as Latina Maternal Health Awareness Month Tuesday morning.
Local health officials said Kern County has the highest pregnancy-related mortality rate in California.
Kern County also has the second highest infant mortality in the state, second only to San Luis Obispo County.
According to the board, proclaiming Latina Maternal Health Awareness Month is a critical step in addressing the growing maternal health crisis here at home and throughout the state.
In 1975, the state of California capped medical malpractice damages for pain and suffering to $250,000 and that’s where it's stayed for 47 years. Assembly Bill 35 stands to change that. CW board member Scott Olsen has been fighting for the change for 3 decades after his son Steven was injured at 2 years of age.