BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH

Black Maternal Health

Black Maternal Health Week April 11 - April 17, 2019

FACTS:

WHAT IS MATERNAL DEATH?

Death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days after giving birth, from any cause related to pregnancy or worsened by the pregnancy. Maternal death does not include accidental or incidental causes.

MOST COMMON CAUSES OF MATERNAL DEATH:

MATERNAL DEATH IS EVERYONE’S ISSUE. HERE’S WHY:

In a study done at Harvard University, over 60% of pregnancy related deaths were preventable.
Patient/family and provider factors were the largest contributors to maternal death

Two main reason for the above medical issues result in maternal death:

1. Lack of knowledge about warning signs and when to seek care by patients

2. Wrong diagnosis, ineffective treatment and poorly coordinated care by medical providers.

Both direct and underlying causes were found to lead to maternal death and were found to be varied by race.

TIMELINE:

RACIAL COMPONENT:

WHAT’S BEING DONE?

There is still so much that can be done in the aspect of black maternal health and black infant health. Improving policies and funding towards these issues could provide crucial data needed to progress treatment and close the disparity seen between black and white maternal health.

Author
Kirstie Cunningham, MD, FACOG President, Metro Health and Wellness, LLC

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