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

March of Dimes summary of racial disparity statistics: Most recent maternal mortality rates in the U.S.: Nuru Jeter (2009). “It’s the skin you’re in.” Matern Child Health 13(1): 29-39. Willis et al. (2014).

“Conquering racial disparities in perinatal outcomes.” Clin Perinatol 41: 847-75.

White Privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh