Those who watched last week’s Democratic party response to President Trump’s state of the Union speech may recall former Georgia Representative Stacey Abrams address the alarmingly high rates of maternal death among black women in the United States. Indeed, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), black women are 243% more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes than white women.
This nationwide disparity is particularly glaring in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area, which according to a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has the highest rates of maternal death in the nation. The problem has become so widespread in this area that in 2018, the D.C. City Council unanimously passed legislation to establish a special committee to study the issue.
There are many underlying causes to this troubling phenomenon, from the social and economic inequities that affect health outcomes in the black community writ large to a lack of access to prenatal and preventive care. Another common cause of maternal death amongst black women, both in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area and across the country, is medical malpractice.
A breach in the standard of care by healthcare professionals who interact with pregnant women can come in many forms, from a failure to properly appreciate and workup the patient’s symptoms to failure to treat emergent conditions that arise in the delivery and postpartum period. Sadly, some of the medical malpractice that causes maternal death in the black community is the result of a healthcare professional, either because of implicit or explicit bias, failing to appreciate or properly address a patient’s reported symptoms.
If you have lost a loved one, or have yourself been injured by medical malpractice during the pregnancy, labor or delivery period, the experienced lawyers at Cardaro & Peek can help.
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