*Maternal mortality in the United States is a scandal. A 2014 World Health Organization report indicates that our country has a higher maternal mortality rate than Iran, Libya, and Turkey, even though we spend vastly more money on health care than those countries do. Half of maternal deaths in this country are preventable.
The problem is worse for African-American women than white women. In New York state, for example, between 2013 and 2015, 54 black women died for every 100,000 births compared to 15 white women.
Here’s the FULL report …
The recent, high-profile death of Erica Garner, a 27-year-old African-American mother of two – one of them a 4-month-old infant – is a tragic example of how racism and access to health care for black mothers is a national crisis.