CDC: Pregnancy-related deaths on the rise with a higher risk among black women

CDC: Pregnancy-related deaths rising

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - According to the Centers for Disease Control, more women are dying from pregnancy-related issues.

Black women are at an even higher risk.

"The United States compared to other developed countries - we are hitting rates that in certain communities would approach those in the undeveloped world,” said Dr. Lanetta Anderson, OBGYN.

Doctors Lanetta Anderson and Nakia Grayson say the increase in pregnancy-related deaths is concerning.

Dr. Anderson is an OBGYN and Dr. Grayson is a midwife at CHOICES center.

Though their day-to-day interactions with expecting moms may look different, but both follow the issue closely.

"I think that what we're seeing is people are now paying attention,” said Grayson.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found about 700 women die every year in the United States, as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications.

The study also shows that number for black women is three to four times higher than that of white women.

"There are medical issues and there are social issues,” said Grayson.

For women of color, racial disparities, access to healthcare and how they're treated are social factors.

Health-related factors include obesity, hemorrhage issues, and hypertensive disorders.

"We’re seeing that a lot of people are coming into care late, and a lot of the things that we can do to help them, by the time we get into care, they’re kind of exacerbated,” said Grayson.

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