Currently, black infants are twice as likely to die and black women are three to four times as likely to die a pregnancy related death. More profoundly, factors like education and wealth have little influence; a black woman with a college degree is more likely to lose a baby than a white woman with less than 8th grade education.
Why? The research points to a correlation between institutional structures and medical consequences: the psychological affects of systemic and institutional racism is triggering physical conditions (such as hypertension and pre-eclampsia) for black women.
Additionally, a pervasive racial bias within healthcare affects black women with even the greatest of advantages (wealth, high education, etc.). Noting this alarming research, the UN ordered the United States to “eliminate racial disparities in the field of sexual and reproductive health” in 2014. Yet to date, very few states have taken action.
We strongly stand with institutions like Planned Parenthood and support politicians like NYC Governor Andrew Cuomo who announced several initiatives in the last week aimed at reducing infant death. We urge all to contact your Elected Officials and reject any healthcare reform that does not provide method and funding to rectify these disparities. - Maureen Post
For more information, please visit - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/22/nyregion/childbirth-death-doula-medicaid.html
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