Black Maternal Mortality Rates in the US

Black Maternal Mortality Rates in the US

Black Maternal Mortality Rates in the US
THE RATE OF MATERNAL MORTALITY IN THE U.S. IS CLIMBING
Measured in number of deaths per 100,000 live births
1987 - 7.2 deaths per 100,000
2019 - 17.4 deaths per 100,000
THE RATE IS MARKEDLY HIGHER AMONG BLACK WOMEN
42.8 deaths per 100,000
White women: 13 deaths per 100,000

 

“We cannot address the black maternal health crisis facing this country until we address racial disparities in healthcare. Black mothers across the country are facing a health crisis that is driven in part by implicit bias in our health care system. We must take action to address this issue, and we must do it with the sense of urgency it deserves.” Kamala Harris

"For black women in America, the grind of institutional and societal racism generates physiological stress which directly increases the risk of life-threatening conditions for them and their babies.” -Nina Lakhani

BUT IT'S NOT JUST BLACK WOMEN THAT ARE DYING, IT'S ALSO THEIR BABIES. In 2017, Black women’s babies died at a rate of 10.97 per 1,000 births – more than twice the rate for white, Asian or Hispanic women.

“Understanding the contribution of history to the various factors of life of Black women in the United States will aid in developing more effective policies and programs to reduce Black infant mortality.” - Maternal and Child Health Journal

In an effort to be part of the solution, we will be picking a different organization to donate to each month for the remainder of the year. This month we’d like to address the racial disparities in pregnancy-related deaths. A portion of our profits from the month of July will be donated to the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NEBC).