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A pregnancy-related death is a death “that occur[s] within one year of pregnancy.” In the United States, approximately 700 women die each year as a result of pregnancy or pregnancy-related complications. Notably, pregnancy-related mortality rates are significantly higher for Black and American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) women. Even in the face of high income levels, Black women in America face a disproportionately higher risk of pregnancy-related death. In New York, such disparities are even more prominent: Black women are “over four times more likely to die from childbirth-related complications.” In New York City, Black women are “nine times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth.”

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on February 9, 2024. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.