Maternal Mortality and the Devaluation of Black Motherhood

Jamila Taylor, The Center for American Progress

April 11, 2018

…While maternal mortality among black women is a major public health concern, fully addressing the issue lies within the very systems and institutions that affect various aspects of black life. For too long, these systems and institutions have operated in a way that devalues black women and perpetuates biases, in turn, robs them of mothering with dignity. Fully addressing maternal mortality calls for an acknowledgment that racism is the driving force behind these deaths, as well as examining the systemic barriers often fueled by bias, before policymakers can come up with concrete solutions that save black women’s lives.

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