Why Black Women Fear For Their Lives In The Delivery Room

Article Link: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/black-maternal-health-canada_ca_5ed90ae3c5b685164f2eab93

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Jamilah Haughton-Walden will be giving birth in complete uncertainty. The law clerk from Brampton, Ont., already has a 17-month-old, and she’s scheduled for a C-section in early June. She’s stressed about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect her pregnancy and delivery, particularly as a Black woman. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in pre-pandemic times, Black women in the U.S. died of pregnancy-related causes at a rate three times higher than white women, and Black babies are twice as likely to die before reaching their first birthday than white babies, regardless of the mother’s income or education level.