All Births Are Not Created Equal

In the US, pregnancy-related deaths are up to 3X more likely for African American, Native American and Alaska Native women, according to an alarming new CDC report.

Most pregnancy-related deaths are caused by complications from severe bleeding.

Compared to white women, more black women died in the weeks and months after birth. The proportion of deaths linked to heart disease—which is more common in black women and can be more acute after childbirth—is rising.  

Most of these deaths are preventable, and the means are available to do so. “We can and should do more,” says the CDC’s Anne Schuchat.

The New York Times

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