Given the remarkable advances we've made across nearly every aspect of healthcare in the past quarter-century, it's mind-boggling that so many people continue to die in pregnancy and childbirth.
Black women of reproductive age face multiple, simultaneous sources of chronic stress, stigma, and discrimination that are tied not only to their race/ethnicity but also to their identity as women.
As a result, these women experience rising death rates from cardiovascular disease, occurring at younger and younger ages.
Maternal health is a critical matter for everyone. Its impact encompasses people with and without children.
Pragmatic research consistently shows racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes, with Black women two to three times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth