Black Doctor Dies After Giving Birth, Underscoring Maternal Mortality Crisis | MedPage Today

According to the CDC in recent years in the United States, black mothers die three to four times the rate of white mothers.  The unfortunate reality is that 60% of these deaths can be prevented.  Here’s what we know:

  • Black women are 22 percent more likely to die from heart disease than white women.
  • Black women are 71 percent more likely to perish from cervical cancer.
  • Black women are 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth related causes.
  • In a national study, black women were two to three times more likely to die than white women who had the same condition

The recent tragedy of a black female doctor continues to show the racial divide and access to health care.

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