Childbirth is killing black women in the US, and here’s why

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In her CNN article, Jacqueline Howard discusses how every year, nearly 303,000 women die due to pregnancy or childbirth complications, with black women 3-4 times more likely to suffer fatal consequences than white women. The CDC’s pregnancy morality surveillance system, established in 1986, has shown an increase from 7.2 deaths to 17.8 deaths per 100,000 from 1987 to 2011. This increase could signify simply more effective tracking methods, or it could suggest the historical issue of black women attaining equal, quality access to health care.

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Samantha Underwood

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