Serena Williams Invests in Organization to Tackle High Black Maternal Death Rate

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Serena Williams at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards ceremony in 2017 at Brooklyn’s Kings Theater (
American mothers are dying at an alarming rate. Despite being one of the most developed nations in the world, we have a death rate of 17.2 deaths per 100,000 live births, and around 500,000 women are severely injured due to childbirth each year. And for Black women, the numbers are even more horrific: Black women are three times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications as white women, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC also notes that three out of five of those deaths could have been prevented.
So what can we do about it? There’s no silver bullet for solving the high maternal death rate — factors include maternal health, doctors not listening to women, structural racism, and a host of others. However, one company, Mahmee, is trying to…

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