Pregnancy and childbirth : stark racial disparity in maternal complication numbers

Black Women Disproportionately Suffer Complications of Pregnancy and Childbirth. Let’s Talk About It

Maternal Complications
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage
  • Fibroids and Preeclampsia
  • Uterine Rupture
  • Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

About 700 to 900 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And for every death, dozens of women suffer life-threatening complications. But there is a stark racial disparity in these numbers. Black mothers are three to four times more likely to die than white mothers. Nevertheless, black women’s voices are often missing from public discussions about what’s behind the maternal health crisis and how to address the problems.” …

… continue reading Black Women Disproportionately Suffer Complications of Pregnancy and Childbirth. Let’s Talk About It, propublica.org, Dec. 8 2017.
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