Black Moms 3.5 Times More Likely Than White Moms To Die In Childbirth, Except In This One State
Here’s a unsettling fact: American moms are more likely to die during childbirth than mothers in any other developed country.
Here's an even more disturbing fact: African American women lead the pack of childbirth-based deaths.
According to new CDC figures, African American women are three and a half times more likely to die during or shortly after childbirth than white Americans.
The childbirth mortality rate for white women was found to be 12 per 100,000 live births; for black women the figure was 40 per 100,000 live births.
Although experts aren't completely sure what is causing this disparity, CDC officials who spoke to Vox pointed to several factors.
These include: the unique existential stresses that black American women face, health differences between black women and white women, the connection between race and income and the inferior care that black women receive in comparison to their white counterparts.
In all of that bad news, there is one bright spot: North Carolina.
As of 2013, in that state, the pregnancy-related mortality rate was 23 per 100,000 births for both white and black moms.