The city of San Francisco wants to test a novel approach to get at the decades-long, pernicious problem of Black and brown women dying at far higher rates than whites in pregnancy and childbirth: Give them money. 

On Monday, Mayor London Breed announced the launch of the , a pilot program that would give about 150 low- and middle-income Black and Pacific Islander expectant parents $1,000 per month throughout their pregnancies and for at least six months after the birth of their children — no conditions attached. 

The idea of the project, led by Dr. Zea Malawa at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, is to ease one of the biggest factors adversely affecting pregnant people’s health — and particularly the

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