Postpartum Care in African American Women

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The following is a student blog post by Monique Box

Postpartum Care in African American Women

I am writing an article about postpartum doula in the black community. I am passionate about women of color and the high infant mortality rate that faces black women in pregnancy and labor. I want to help educate women of color on the resources of childbirth education and doula services. In the article Where are the Women of Color Birth Professional the articles talks about the reason for low numbers of women of color working in the birth profession is because the lack of awareness of the field, the lack of financial support to pay for the trainings, and the lack of networking and connection to advance in the career.

Postpartum Care in African American Women

The birth profession can provide a stable income for ethnic backgrounds, if more women of color became birth professionals it would make a big difference in Maternal Health disparities. The infant mortality in African American women are very high according to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health African Americans have 2.2 times the infant mortality rate as non-Hispanic whites, African American infants are 3.2 times as likely to die from complications related to low birth weight as compared to non-Hispanic white infant, African Americans had over twice the sudden infant death syndrome mortality rates as non-Hispanic whites, in 2014. In 2014, African American was 2.2 times more likely than non-Hispanic white mothers to receive later or no prenatal care.

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