By Kecia Gaither, Sep 05, 2023

It’s a stark reality reflected in our country’s dismal maternal health outcomes, and recently symbolized by the tragic death of elite athlete Tori Bowie: Too many Black and Hispanic women still lack the support and sufficient access to critical maternal and prenatal care they need.

Bowie became another heartbreaking statistic in the high average maternal mortality rates for Black women, which hover 2.6 times above that for white women. Many of these disparities stem from discriminatory levels of coverage and care during and after delivery. As a maternal fetal medicine specialist, I know that just as important is the coverage and prenatal care women receive before delivery.

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