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Mar 27

Pregnancy & Childbirth Are Killing Black Women. Here’s Why

America is one of the most developed nations in the world. Deaths from illnesses that were once considered a death sentence like polio, smallpox, tuberculosis and AIDS, are falling dramatically and people are living longer.
So, nowadays, if you hear that women are dying during childbirth at alarming rates, most people would think that it would be in lower-developed, third-world countries without all of the technological advancements we have here in the United States, right?
Well, if you thought that, then you’d be wrong. Dead wrong. In fact, women are dying more during childbirth in the U.S., now more than ever.
A woman in the U.S., where the maternal death rate more than doubled between 1987 and 2013, is more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than in any country but Mexico among the 31 industrialized countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that reported data.
Every year, around 700 women in the United States die as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. As many as 60,000 expectant mothers suffer problems that come close to costing them their lives. But the women who get hit hardest are Black women. Roughly 65,000 women experience a near miss.
Black women are between three and four times more likely to die of a pregnancy-related complication than White women. Black women are also twice as likely to suffer a problem so severe that they almost die, referred to as a near miss. The racial disparity transcends education and income levels, unraveling common assumptions about who suffers

Read this Full Article on BlackDoctor.org , a great resource for health and wellness news for Chocolate people, because YES some things impact us differently!


 

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