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Examining Maternal Death Disparities

US News and World Report

Public health professor Martine Hackett was featured in a US News & World Report article that looked at maternal death disparities. According to a new ten-year study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women and Native Americans are significantly more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than whites and Hispanics, even across similar age and education levels.

“Socioeconomic status is not protective in the way that it is for many other situations,” said Dr. Hackett, who reviewed the findings, but was not involved in the research. “A lot of this has to do with the way people are treated – not just during the prenatal and birthing process, it’s the way black women are treated throughout our lives that really takes a toll physically. Seeing this from a larger societal perspective is useful, because that’s where the action is going to happen.”

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