Racism’s impact on maternity – Workers World – According to a Dec. 7 article in ProPublica, “In recent years, as high rates of maternal mortality in the U.S. have alarmed researchers, one statistic has been especially concerning. According to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women’s health. Put another way, a black woman is 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes.”
That number — 243 percent — is a heavy one to take in. The way racism shows up in those blessed to be Black women is especially blatant when it comes to health care. The bias toward Black women and children is the crux of the problem. Women of most races aren’t heard when they speak up about pain management or just a general feeling of not feeling well. Imagine being a Black woman and experiencing tremendous pain during and after childbirth, and you are not given the basic care — which is adequate pain management — like your female counterparts who are enduring the same process of trying to bring forth life.