Marki Stewart Shares Strategies to Advance Racial Equity in Maternal Health Care on AHLA Podcast

Maternal mortality in the U.S. has more than doubled in the last 30 years, making it the highest rate among all developed nations worldwide. With the path to motherhood nearly four times deadlier for women of color, the American Health Law Association (AHLA) invited Marki Stewart to share insights on racial disparities and childbirth as part of its “Speaking of Healthcare” podcast. Amid this public health crisis heightened by COVID-19, Marki explained most maternal deaths are preventable and preceded by warning signs, but research shows unintentional discrimination leads many health care providers to dismiss, delay, or even deny treatment to women of color. Marki outlined two approaches to help healthcare attorneys mitigate these issues: tackling implicit bias head on or finding ways to work around it. Her...

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8 Ways Healthcare Attorneys Can Reduce Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality

Maternal mortality in the United States has more than doubled in the last 30 years—women living in the United States today are 50% more likely to die in childbirth than their mothers were a generation ago. Researchers estimate more than half of these deaths are preventable. Alarmingly, the path to motherhood is significantly deadlier for women of color than it is for their white counterparts. Nationally, black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women, a disparity that has only widened in recent years.((See Khiara M. Bridges, Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality, 95 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1229 (2020).)) Surprisingly, these disparities increase with age and education; data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrates that pregnancy-related...

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