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Kamala Harris Says Racial Bias Is Killing Pregnant Black Women, But There’s More To The Story

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  • The United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world, and the rate among black women is higher in comparison to white women.
  • 2020 candidates Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren blame the disparity on systemic racism and bias in medicine. Harris proposes spending millions on implicit bias training to combat the issue.
  • Research shows that a more effective way to combat maternal mortality is to improve health care options in rural areas, offer toolkits to hospitals for pregnancy-related health problems, and revamp federally funded health care options.

Despite advances in medical science and technology, pregnancy-related mortality rates (PRMR) in the United States have been steadily increasing since the 1990s.

The U.S. has the highest mortality rate for pregnant and postpartum women than any other developed country in the world. U.S. women are three times more likely than Canadian women to die during or after childbirth, NPR and ProPublica explained earlier this month in a report that brought the issue new exposure.

Pointing to racial bias as the reason for the high PRMR among black women

Other causes of high pregnant mortality among black women

Drastic rate of rural hospital closures

Racial bias or reimbursement cuts and hospital closures?

How California is working to solve pregnancy-related mortality