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What’s Behind the Increased Numbers of Black Women Dying During Pregnancy and Childbirth in the United States?

By Amie Newman |

New OBOS blogger Amie Newman explores why black women in the United States are dying during pregnancy, childbirth, and the year following childbirth at nearly four times the rate of white women. While poor women are at greater risk of dying than women who have higher incomes, the disparity between black and white women is consistent at all income levels. More