This article utilizes an intersectional approach to examine the causes and
realities of the dismal state of pregnancy-related healthcare in the United
States, highlighting the disparate impact on Black pregnant people. The
enslavementand brutalization of Black women in the U.S. demonstrates how
American society systematically devalues Black health, especially reproductive
health. The impacts of this horrific history persist today, resulting in the
American healthcare system utterly failing Black mothers and pregnant people
of all gender identities. This article surveys this history and presents policy
solutions to improve maternal health outcomes for all, but especially
Black individuals, including proposed pieces of legislation, implicit bias
training, and stricter standards for data collection.
This is Not New: Addressing America's Maternal Mortality Crisis,
Rich. Pub. Int. L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.richmond.edu/pilr/vol25/iss2/9