Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Offering Doulas May Decrease Maternal Mortality Rates

This article discusses some of the very serious issues related to race and maternal morality.  According to the article, African American women are four times more likely than white women to die of pregnancy-related complications. In addition, the infant mortality rate is higher for African Americans. These racial disparities are most likely due to inadequate health services, such as prenatal care and health insurance coverage for women of color. Similar disparities are also seen when it comes to the composition of women in prison, as African American women tend to make up a fairly large and unequal percentage of incarcerated women. We feel that by offering doula support to incarcerated women before, during, and after birth, risks associated with maternal mortality may be minimized .  This may be especially true for women of color, as they are more likely to be incarcerated and also more likely to face these prenatal risks.

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