In Washington, D.C., from 2012 to 2016, 18 black women died from pregnancy-related causes. The District has the 8th worst pregnancy-related death rate in the U.S., according to
Black women are affected more as for every 13 deaths of white women, 44 black women died from pregnancy-related causes. In the U.S., about 700 women die every year from childbirth, over half of them preventable, according to the Center for Disease Control.
“Washington DC is the most dangerous place to give birth in the United States if you are African American. If you are a white woman, you’ll do very well in the nation’s capital. We have a major disparity problem here in D.C,” said Dr. Barbara Levy from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Levy is also the Vice President of Health Policy and administers ACOG’s Office of Global Women’s Health programs.
However, the figures are disputed by D.C. health officials
who believe that maternal mortality ratio can’t be used to compare D.C. with
Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, the director of
But what can’t be disputed is that fact that there have been 18
pregnancy-related deaths in D.C. from 2012-2016, and among them 17 women were
black and one was Hispanic. The figures about maternal deaths
for the year 2017 are not available yet, according to the Department of Health.