While cases of maternal mortality around the world have been trending downward, the numbers in the United States have steadily increased. Moreover, in the United States, huge disparities exist within populations, with Black and Native American/Indigenous women at much higher risk of maternal mortality and morbidity than white women. Nationwide, Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy related complications and Indigenous women are twice as likely to die than white women.
In Louisiana, there are 72.0 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. It has the worst maternal mortality outcomes in the nation and Black women in Louisiana face higher levels of maternal mortality and morbidity due to systemic and racial inequalities. This is unacceptable.
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