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Black women in the United States suffer from maternal mortality that is 30% to 40% higher than that of their white counterparts, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many health journalists who cover health disparities and women’s health issues have covered disparities in infant mortality, yet we don’t often do a deep dive into what happens to the survival of women of color during pregnancy, delivery and the year after giving birth.
The awareness of the disparities in pregnancy-related deaths for black women is bringing about change at the policy and legislative levels. Andrea King Collier has some suggestions for how to cover these changes.
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