Action Needed to Cut Disparities in Black Maternal, Child Mortality

Black mothers more than three times as likely to die
from pregnancy, childbirth

by Joyce Frieden, News Editor, MedPage Today
December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON — The problem of higher morbidity and mortality among black mothers
and their infants is one that can and must be solved, several speakers said here
Wednesday.
“This is one of those truths that must be spoken,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said at an
event sponsored by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a left-leaning think tank here.
“It is a truth that black women in America are three to four times more likely to die than
white women because they choose to become mothers and want to raise those children
to become productive members of society.”

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