by Brianna Graham Health Writer, Jan 14, 2022

Black women share horrifying stories about their labor and delivery experience on a regular basis. Even worse are the stories of Black women who lose their lives because of negligence in labor and maternity wards. According to the CDC, Black women die from pregnancy complications four to five times more often than white women. “The reasons for these disparities are multifactorial,” says Kecia Gaither, M.D., a double board-certified OB/GYN and maternal-fetal medicine doctor, and the director of perinatal services at New York City Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “Racism, socioeconomic and immigration status, and food deserts that may influence nutritional deficiencies are among the many factors that impact Black maternal health outcomes.”

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