Recent studies have found that Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than White women. Researchers in the 1990s examined data surrounding specific pregnancy complications such as postpartum hemorrhage, finding that although prevalence rates were similar between White and Black women, Black women with these conditions were 2-3 times more likely to die than their White counterparts. Despite medical advances, these rates have not improved over time. Data analyses examining maternal mortality from 2005 – 2014 reveal that mortality rates for Black women have actually increased from 39 to 49 deaths for every 100,000 live births within that decade.
"Illuminating Health Disparities: The Untold Story of Black Women’s Pregnancies,"
Osmosis Magazine: Vol. 2020
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarship.richmond.edu/osmosis/vol2020/iss2/5