👓 Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why | NRP

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Black women are three times more likely to die from complications of childbirth than white women in the U.S. Racism, and the stress it causes, can play a leading role in that disparity.

What a painful story…

2 thoughts on “👓 Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why | NRP”

  1. Listened to ‘The Daily’: A Life-or-Death Crisis for Black Mothers by Michael Barbaro from nytimes.com

    Black mothers and infants in the United States are far more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than their white counterparts. The disparity is tied intrinsically to the lived experience of being a black woman in America.

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    On today’s episode:

    Linda Villarosa, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.
    Simone Landrum, a young mother in New Orleans.

    Background reading:

    Black women in the United States are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as white women, and black infants are more than twice as likely to die as white babies. A growing body of research links this disparity to the toxic psychological stress experienced as a result of systemic racism.

    The story in this episode is a superb and emotional follow-on of an excellent NPR/ProPublica story I read back in December. We need more stories like this.
    I nearly had a panic attack while listening to this. The disparities in parts of America are so painful and distressing and we can, could, and should be doing more to improve them.

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