Sep 6, 2019

Black women are more likely to die from a pregnancy

Data: CDC; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report yesterday showing that black and American Indian women are much more likely than white, Asian and Hispanic women to die pregnancy-related deaths.

The big picture: The trend held in states with the lowest maternal mortality rates and among women with higher levels of education, "demonstrating that the disparity in pregnancy-related mortality for black and [American Indian] women is a complex national problem," the CDC writes.

Between the lines: There are often multiple contributing factors to a pregnancy-related death, stemming from differences in access to care, quality of care and the prevalence of chronic disease, per the report.

  • While 60% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, there's no significant differences in preventability based on race or ethnicity.

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