Black Women In The US Almost Four Times More Likely To Die From Childbirth Than Any Others Worldwide
By: Mira Kelley
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I came across an interesting article on CNN.com titled "Childbirth is killing black women in the US, here's why". The statistics were truly shocking:
The most horrific statistic had to be that more than half of pregnancy related deaths could have possibly been prevented. Apparently, this isn't just a current problem on the rise. Many in the medical field have been aware of this and tracking it since 1986. Even with a known steady increase in the number of women dying from pregnancy complications there has yet to be a solution.
Doctors are calling it too complex to figure out. Some believe that technology caused the numbers to rise and others think overall health and chronic illnesses are to blame (especially among black women who are known to have higher rates for high blood pressure and obesity). Some even think that socioeconomic status has a hand in it. That being because white women in the US have better access to quality healthcare than black women. CNN points out a study of the safest hospitals to give birth in and noted that 63% of white patients had access compared to 23% of black patients. So since it seems that research and remedies to this issue are lagging behind black women must make sure to eat right (fruits, veggies and lots of water), exercise, and above all else remain stress free.