In this column, the author reviews statistics that reflect the disparity of maternal mortality rates among black, nonwhite, and white women. In the United States, black women are 2 to 6 times more likely to die from complications of pregnancy than white women, depending on where they live American Medical Association, Total maternal mortality rates ranged from 1. When data from to were analyzed, the overall pregnancy-related mortality ratio was
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Continue in Pregnancy-Related Deaths
Black Women’s Maternal Health:
Williams is one of the best tennis players, and arguably athletes, of all time. But last year, they shared similar stories: Each experienced life-threatening complications in their pregnancies. In that one way, these two superstars are just like millions of other black women in the United States. Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
10 Pregnancy-Related Complications Black Women Should Know About
Black women who experience pregnancy in the United States often encounter multiple levels of oppression. Their risk for dying from pregnancy complications is three times higher than white women. Black women are also twice as likely as white women to experience infertility and less likely to talk with others about it.
Black women in the United States experience unacceptably poor maternal health outcomes, including disproportionately high rates of death related to pregnancy or childbirth. Both societal and health system factors contribute to high rates of poor health outcomes and maternal mortality for Black women, who are more likely to experience barriers to obtaining quality care and often face racial Black women are three to four times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women. Due to racism, sexism and other systemic barriers that have contributed to income inequality, Black women are typically paid just 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Retrieved 4 April , available here. These lost wages mean Black women and their families have less money to support themselves and their families, and may have to choose between essential resources like housing, child care, food and health care.