In the United States, Black people are more likely to die during and after pregnancy, and Black babies are more likely to have health problems during and after birth, than the national average. This article explores the impact of racism on Black birthing experiences through personal stories, conversations with doctors, and the latest research. It also includes ways to advocate for better care at both a personal and societal level.
“We aimed to have a discussion with medical racism and antiracism at the center, especially since increasing evidence points to the effects of structural racism as the reason for this mortality inequity. Medical racism is present whenever health care professionals or institutions alter the diagnostic or therapeutic care provided because of a patient’s race, particularly if the decision puts the patient at an increased risk of poor outcomes.”
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