Statistics Don’t Lie: Maternal Mortality Rates in BIPOC Pregnancy
The Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) as reported by the Center for Disease control (CDC) has more than doubled from 1897 to 2016. Even more staggering, this MMR rate for a White person is 13 deaths per 100,000 live births, yet for a Black person, that number is 42 per 100,000 live births.
The fact that a BIPOC Pregnancy is 3.3x more likely to result in maternal death is incomprehensible.
BIPOC Pregnancy in the Real World: Serena Williams
The world almost lost one of the most beloved tennis phenoms, Serena Williams, in 2018 after she delivered her daughter, Olympia, and suffered complications as a result of her cesarean.
She requested certain tests, and initially, her medical team discredited her— a common experience in the world of BIPOC pregnancy and maternal health. After being a persistent self-advocate, she finally received the medical tests she had requested and was able to get the necessary treatment. Had she not been the multimillion-dollar, world champion, there is a high chance that this story would have turned out differently.
If you’re expecting and are a BIPOC (or if you are a physician who often works in BIPOC pregnancy spaces), I highly recommend that you check out the video above to learn how you can decrease this BIPOC pregnancy maternal mortality rate.
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