BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) In 2020,

There are 19.1 deaths for 100,000 live births for white women, and 18.2 deaths per 100,000 live births for Hispanic women compared to 55.3 deaths per 100,000 live births for black women.

What is also shocking is that these numbers have increased year over year from 2018 numbers of 13.7 deaths for 100,000 live births for white women, compared to 40 deaths per 100,000 live births for black women.

But what are some of the factors contributing to these debilitating statistics?

“As an obstetrician myself, it is uncomfortable to say this but there is clear evidence that when black women express medical concerns, particularly regarding pain, the health care system is slower to respond than it should be,” Shah says. “This is the common thread in many of the prominent stories in the news of a black woman’s experiences.”

Dr. Neel Shah, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and an OB-GYN at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston (ELLE, 8/12/19)

BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH WEEK 2023

There is so much to learn, discuss and do about this very important issue! We want to share some of the most recent news and encourage you to join us during Black Maternal Health Week 2023 April 11-17th, as we strive to amplify the voices of black mommies and raise awareness of the health injustices that we experience.

Black moms are having an obvious different experience than our counterparts, it is time to uncover why and what we can do about it.

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