April 11th – April 17th is Black Maternal Health Week, a dedicated time to spotlight the critical issues surrounding maternal health among Black women and communities.

This week serves as a call to action to address the alarming disparities in maternal health outcomes and advocate for equitable and accessible care for all.

Understanding the Disparities

Black maternal health in the United States faces profound challenges. Black women are disproportionately affected by maternal mortality and morbidity compared to women of other racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Pregnancy-related deaths can happen to any woman at any age, but Black women are impacted at a higher rate. According to the CDC, Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women. Multiple factors contribute to these disparities, such as variation in quality healthcare, underlying chronic conditions, structural racism, and implicit bias. Social determinants of health prevent many people from racial and ethnic minority groups from having fair opportunities for economic, physical, and emotional health. Shedding light on the systemic issues that contribute to disparities in Black maternal health outcomes, including racism, implicit bias in healthcare, socioeconomic factors, and lack of access to quality care.

Learn more about the challenges faced by Black women in maternal health and share this knowledge with others to raise awareness by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/healthequity/features/maternal-mortality/index.html.https://www.cdc.gov/healthequity/features/maternal-mortality/index.html.

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