“Black and indigenous people in the United States are more than twice as likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth as white people. In fact, American Black women have the highest maternal mortality rate  among wealthy nations. We are also more likely to suffer serious complications or illness (maternal morbidity) as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.

I think it is essential to say, especially during this week when we are honoring Black pregnant and birthing people, that the maternal health crisis in the U.S. is a result of generations of deeply entrenched racism,  gender inequities and systematic devaluing of Black lives.”

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