By WeNews Staff
Monday, August 18, 2008
(WOMENSENEWS)--The logo for this series is meant to represent a key idea: Maternal health is all about embracing the mother.
But in the United States, African American women confront striking statistics as they form partnerships, become parents and care for their children.
African American women are three-to-six times more likely to die during pregnancy and the six weeks after delivery than U.S. white and Latina women. That holds true across various levels of income and education. In fact, some studies find middle-income and highly educated African American women at higher risk.
|Black Maternal Health Series|
|Lawmakers Join Push to Close Maternal Health Gaps
Run Date: February 20, 2009
|Industry, Feds Entice Black Mothers to Bottle Feed
Run Date: November 16, 2008
|Dr. Phillips' Baby Friendly Initiative|
|Harlem Hospital Becomes Baby Friendly for Breast Feeding|
|Midwives Fight AMA to Provide Black Maternal Care
Run Date: Sept. 29, 2008
|U.S. Maternal Hazards Tied to Social Stress
Run Date: June 29, 2008
|Breastfeeding Not for You? Sisters, Listen Up
Run Date: July 24, 2008
|Efforts Mount to Improve Black Breastfeeding Rates
Run Date: August 2, 2008
|Pregnant? Your Job Is To Take Care of Yourself
Run Date: May 08, 2009
|Black Fathers Opening Up About All That Love
Run Date: June 12, 2009
|Maternity Center Showcases Full-Service Approach
Run Date: June 5, 2009
Black women form 12 percent of the United States' female population but represent nearly half of maternal mortalities.
Compared to any other group of women, black women are least likely to breastfeed a child exclusively at six months, a government target for promoting healthier children. Consistent nursing also reduces a woman's risk of breast and ovarian cancers--protection especially important to African American women who are more vulnerable for these types of cancers.
How to explain these pregnancy experiences? The stress of living with racism--from workplace discrimination to maltreatment in maternity wards--is now a leading hypothesis.
Women's eNews intends to cover this story over a period of years as we use the art and science of journalism to document and explore many complex and interlocking elements. Tradition, history, personal experience, institutional bias, corporate interests and health insurance procedures will all be examined. With hope, our work will contribute to a society where more expectant mothers can experience the joy of giving birth to a healthy infant.
Women's eNews thanks the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for proving the support for this series.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Note: Women's eNews is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites and the contents of Web pages we link to may change without notice.
By Marsha Walton
Teen Voices at Women's eNews
By Louisa Reynolds
WeNews staff reporter
By Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett
By Cynthia Hess
By Ann Marie Cunningham
By Hajer Naili