Maternal mortality in the U.S. has increased from roughly seven deaths per 100,000 live births in 1987 to nearly 17 in 2016.
Even with this high number, the racial disparities are stark: The likelihood of a black woman experiencing a pregnancy-related death is three-to-four times that of a white woman.
Now, the anxiety in expectant mothers who are designated as high risk has been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, looking at the racial disparities in maternal mortality through the lens of a pandemic.
Nina Martin, reporter, ProPublica
Laura E. Sienas, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine fellow, University of Washington Medical Center
Jessica Roach, Founder, Executive Director of ROOTT: Restoring Our Own Through Transformation