American Medical Association Probes America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis

American Medical Association Probes America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis

Black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy-related complications. The American Medical Association (AMA) called out this major public health disparity at a recent congressional committee meeting. Among Black women, findings showed that preeclampsia, eclampsia and embolism were primary reasons for maternal deaths. Black women with a college degree still face higher complication rates from pregnancy than women of other races, including those who never graduated from high school. To learn more about maternal health disparities, see “Racism May Place Black Mothers at a Higher Risk of Death.”

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