In the United States, data have shown that Black women experience higher rates of birth and pregnancy complications including infant mortality compared with other ethnicities. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of preterm birth for non-Hispanic Black women is approximately 1.5 times the rate seen in white women.
The CDC released “Trends in Infant Mortality in the United States, 2005-2014,” which shows that babies born to Black women still have infant mortality approximately twice that of non-Hispanic, white women.
“The rates have been double for some time now and it’s perplexing,” stated Dr. Judy Lubin, director of Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity. “The underlying cause of infant mortality is pointing to a number of different factors. Certainly poverty plays a part in it, but racism and psycho-social stress are all part of the reason we continue to see the high numbers among Black women.”