black-maternal-health

COMMENTARY

Here’s what to know about Black moms’ pandemic struggles and strengths | Opinion

BY: - May 3, 2022

I'm a Black sociologist and a mom. Really listening opened me to this breadth of experience.

Health care providers, state officials tout new initiatives to combat rise in maternal mortality

BY: - March 1, 2022

In Pennsylvania, pregnancy-related deaths grew by more than 21 percent in the five years between 2013 and 2018, officials said.

COMMENTARY

Addressing healthcare racism against Black women is key to ending U.S. HIV epidemic | Opinion

BY: - December 7, 2021

Although Black women represent only 13% of the female population, they accounted for over half of HIV diagnoses among all females in the U.S. in 2018.

Report: Philly’s Black maternal morbidity rates ‘among the highest in the nation’

BY: - June 11, 2021

According to a new report by Blue Cross/Blue Shield as part of its Health of America Report series, severe maternal morbidity (SMM) rates in Philadelphia are nearly 190 percent higher for Black women compared to white women.

COMMENTARY

Pregnancy during COVID-19 lockdown: How the pandemic has affected new mothers | Analysis

BY: - May 20, 2021

For the millions of women who celebrated their first Mother’s Day in May 2021, their transition into motherhood occurred in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COMMENTARY

Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - May 8, 2021

Focus on what that says about White providers. If we assume they’re no less competent than Black providers, what — other than racism — explains more Black babies dying on their watch?

‘The system denies our humanity’: Congressional panel hears heartbreaking stories of Black maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, racism

BY: - May 8, 2021

Black birthing people are three times more likely to experience pregnancy-related death when compared to their white counterparts.

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 in Pa.: During This pandemic, we must address Pa.’s Black maternal health crisis | Opinion

BY: - April 14, 2020

The dire state of Black maternal health in our state and across the country isn’t new. The causes of these disparities run deep in our healthcare system.