Name: Natalie Murdock
District: 20 (Durham)
In office since: 2020
Key Committees: Agriculture, Energy, and Environment; Health and Human Services; Transportation
Previous job: Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor
FEATURED BILL: NC MOMNIBUS ACT
Black women are more than twice as likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than women of other races, according to the CDC. Maternal health outcomes in North Carolina particularly need to improve, as we currently rank 30th out of 50 states in high maternal mortality rates.
That’s why Senator Murdock, along with her colleagues Sens. Batch and Salvador, and Reps. von Haefen, Cunningham, Alston, and Hawkins introduced the North Carolina Momnibus Act to the state legislature this April.
The Act seeks to address the social determinants of maternal health, implicit bias in healthcare professionals, and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal health, as well as establish grants for community-based programs working to address these issues.
The NC Momnibus Act will be critical in helping to close the stark racial disparities in maternal healthcare.