As a result of our country’s healthcare disparities, Black women are far more likely to experience pregnancy-related complications and a lack of access to quality maternal care. According to the CDC, they are three to four times more likely than White women to die from pregnancy-related complications and three to four times more likely to suffer from severe disability resulting from childbirth.
During a time that should be joyful and exciting, Black expecting mothers too often encounter disparities that have a direct impact on the quality of care they receive.
30 percent of workplace pregnancy discrimination were filed by Black women from 2011-2015
30 percent of Black mothers are both eligible for and able to afford to take unpaid leave under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act