When She Gives Life at the Cost of Death: Insight on the High Maternal Mortality Rate Among Black Women

25 Pages Posted: 11 May 2020

Date Written: April 15, 2020

Abstract

No woman giving birth imagines that she will not be there to raise her child. She expects the best care possible, and she trusts the doctors and nurses to ensure that she receives the proper care so that both her and her child make it through the birth safely. Bringing a new life into this world is one of the most amazing things a woman can do, however this ability can come at a cost of not only a woman's pain or stress but more importantly her life.

Black women are dying at a much higher rate in childbirth than white women. Many different factors go into the reasons why the maternal mortality rate is much higher among black women. Among them are proper medical care and racial discrimination. Black women are unfortunately experiencing complications from childbirth that end their lives and leave their children motherless. They are experiencing childbirth complications that are not commonly experienced by white women. Moreover, black women face both economic and societal challenges that affects the quality of health care they receive.

Consequently, we are witnessing a moment of devaluation of black women that doesn’t just start at the hospital but begins with a system both economic and societal that places black women at a far greater disadvantage than women of a different race. It is crucial that the proper reproductive health care is affordable to all women who need it and it is important that doctors educate themselves so that women of different races receive the sufficient care that they need.

Suggested Citation

Pendergrass, Jessica, When She Gives Life at the Cost of Death: Insight on the High Maternal Mortality Rate Among Black Women (April 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3577151 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3577151

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