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Why Black women are less likely to survive pregnancy, and what's being done about it

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Why Black women are less likely to survive pregnancy, and what's being done about it

Black maternal mortality is on the rise

In this American Heart Association article, you'll learn about:
  • Health officials concern of black maternal mortality during the pandemic

"Although data regarding the pandemic's impact on maternal mortality won't be available for some time, medical experts and health advocates are collecting anecdotes that highlight the intensifying crisis facing Black women."

  • Root causes behind this health disparity

"The reasons behind these racial disparities are multifaceted. Lack of access to health care and poor quality of care are among the factors. But even college-educated Black women die at higher rates from pregnancy-related causes than white women who didn't finish high school, CDC data show."

  • What the federal government is doing

" Last December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlined plans to fund health care providers serving the most high-risk women, develop and publicly report maternal health quality measures, and invest in maternal health research. In addition, the CDC last summer launched the Hear Her campaign to educate people about the warning signs of pregnancy complications. "

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