The racial differences seen in both maternal & infant mortality are driven by the same forces. Relative to White people, Black Americans have less access to the health system & receive poorer care, with worse outcomes. Racism underlies these factors.
“Medicaid has a positive impact on the health of low-income women, but for many, eligibility is limited to pregnancy and the immediate postpartum period.The program could be even more powerful in alleviating racial disparities if coverage was longer term.”
"There are large maternal #mortality differences across #racial and ethnic groups....also differences by region, w new #mothers in #rural areas facing greater threats to health than those in #urban ones" #lifeinrural #ruralhealth #maternalmortality
Great piece by on maternal mortality ( ). Includes recent work by showing that Medicaid expansion in CO lead to more postpartum care use ().
The maternal mortality rate for Black women illustrates two larger issues: a lack of access to affordable healthcare in BIPOC communities, and the detrimental effects of constantly facing racism. We need to tackle both of these issues head-on.
The U.S. could prevent two-thirds of deaths that occur during or within a year of #pregnancy, research suggests. Why is there so little effort to reduce maternal deaths? by via #racism #sdoh #Medicare4All
Should we be indifferent to so many #maternaldeaths in the US, highest of all among Black Americans? When solutions seem clear, our failure to act is worse than any health failings we criticize elsewhere. #LookintheMirror via
America’s maternal mortality rate is higher than it need be & disproportionately so for Black Americans and those in rural areas. The evidence suggests that targeted public health investments and policy changes like expanding Medicaid coverage could help.
What’s Missing in the Effort to Stop US Maternal Deaths? The U.S. could prevent two-thirds of deaths during or within a year of pregnancy, research suggests. via
What’s Missing in the Effort to Stop Maternal Deaths "America’s maternal mortality rate is higher than it need be and disproportionately so for Black Americans and those in rural areas." Universal healthcare coverage would help.