Childbirth remains a potentially deadly endeavor for any American woman. Women are more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications in the United States than in any other developed country. For new mothers of color, the prognoses are far worse: Black women are three or four times more likely to succumb to pregnancy-related complications than white women. The disparity is so pervasive that Harvard Public Health featured an article titled “America is Failing Its Black Mothers.”
Despite these dire statistics, the issue of maternal death is impacting women of all races across the country. The maternal mortality rate isn’t getting any better; maternal deaths among American women doubled between 1990 and 2013. What’s most dizzying about these figures is that the majority of the deaths and near deaths associated with pregnancy are from preventable causes. Cardiovascular and coronary problems caused over 68 percent of fatalities and 70 percent of deaths…
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