Embedded Racial Inequities, in Delivery Rooms and Beyond

The glaring maternal health gap between black and white women is systemic, spanning economic and education.

In New York City, college-educated black women were more likely to face pregnancy-related complications than white women who hadn’t finished high school.

Across the US, black mothers die at 3-4 times the rate of white mothers, are 48% more likely to deliver prematurely, and face disproportionate rates of deadly preeclampsia.

The post-partum death of high-flying CDC researcher and Hopkins alum Shalon Irving shows that “you can’t educate your way” or “health-care-access your way out of this problem,” said Planned Parenthood’s Raegan McDonald-Mosley.


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