Racial Disparities

Evidence Based Birth: Vulnerable Populations and Racial Disparities in Childbirth

In this video, you will learn why black women and babies in America are dying at higher rates in childbirth than white women.

Learning Outcomes: Describe disparities in birth outcomes for women of color and other vulnerable populations .

Discuss systemic racism/oppression and the effects on birthing women of color References and Resources: This lecture is part of a larger continuing education course on evidence based care called "How to Help Families get Evidence Based Care," found at www.evidencebasedbirth.com/classes

March of Dimes summary of racial disparity statistics: http://www.marchofdimes.org/materials... Most recent maternal mortality rates in the U.S.:

http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth... Nuru Jeter (2009). “It’s the skin you’re in.” Matern Child Health 13(1): 29-39. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti... Willis et al. (2014).

“Conquering racial disparities in perinatal outcomes.” Clin Perinatol 41: 847-75. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2...

White Privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh http://hd.ingham.org/Portals/HD/White...

A Call to Action on Racial Disparities in NYC’s Maternal Health

Bridget Coila

Bridget Coila

By Hannah Searing, Deborah L. Kaplan and George L. Askew


Each year in New York City, approximately 30 women die of causes related to pregnancy, with the largest burden of deaths falling on women of color. A 2016 Lancet series on maternal health put this problem in shocking perspective: The risk for Black women in New York City of dying in childbirth is double that of women living in some developing countries in Southeast Asia.

In an effort to better understand and effectively reduce maternal deaths, we at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) decided to dig deeper and determine how many women in New York City are affected by severe maternal morbidity (SMM), or life threatening complications during childbirth including heavy bleeding, blood clots, kidney failure, stroke and heart attack.

Read more here