Addressing Disparities in the U.S. for Maternal Health and Rights

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By: Kathleen McDonald, Independent Consultant; Natalie Ramm, Communications Coordinator, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health Initiative

While much global attention has focused on the 99% of maternal deaths that occur in low- and middle-income countries, the U.S. is one of the few countries where the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has actually risen over the past decade. More troubling are the inconsistencies between ethnic and socioeconomic populations. According to Amnesty International, an African-American woman is nearly four times as likely to die as a white woman during birth… read more