Black women at higher risk for maternal mortality

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Black women have a higher risk of death during pregnancy than White women. Some lawmakers want to fix the disparity. Jericka Duncan takes a look.

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  1. My daughter passed in April 2013. 33 years old. 7 mos pregnant. Went to ER never came home. She had eclampsia, and Hellp syndrome. At the time I didn't know what it was. I never understood why the doctor didnt just take the baby. And let her grow in the incubator. To save my daughter's life. The baby girl passed the next year. Same month.

  2. Propaganda. Everyone is tired of the "everything is racist" arguments. Start telling people the truth, guy in the interview wouldn't even name a single thing.

    This is a group of people creating their own narratives and problems. Point proven , by the woman saying most people show up by her saying that don't want to die.

  3. I don’t believe a word of this and another example of absolutely shoddy opinion journalism.
    Red flags include using percentages instead of actual numbers.
    And using people for emotional first person testimony who allegedly prove their point. Then going to the ‘experts’ who say what the reporter knows they’re going to say before they even conduct the interview.
    One Florida study? Really. Who conducted that study? Was it peer reviewed? Did it appear in JAMA or Lancet? We have 50 states and six territories. How does this Florida study compare to Michigan, Alaska or Texas?
    What are the raw numbers?
    How many white women die in childbirth? How many black women? A comparison of pre natal care? Other socioeconomic factors explain the alleged gap?
    Like the homeless crisis started with Ronald Reagan, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Russian bounties paid to Afghans this sounds like another made up media narrative that is very thin on facts.
    This is why no one trusts the MainStream fake news media.

  4. I had my 4 babies in Rome with NO problems. My Italian doctor treated me like I was his own child, caring about my every need. My sister in the US almost died in childbirth. Her wt RACIST doctor would NOT give her a C-section when she had preclampsia, out of control high blood pressure. She and the baby nearly died. I got her an Indian doctor for the second child and he was lovely. You can't trust wt American doctors with our precious lives.

  5. So CBS you are just going to mention how out of all the developed countries we have the worse maternal mortality rate yet not give a reason why? How about lack of universal healthcare. Enjoy that pfizer money.

  6. I can’t imagine, as a woman, treating any mother any differently just bc their skin color is different from mine.

  7. Joe Biden should address this. He might have something insightful to say like, "Poor women are just as bright and talented as white women."

  8. Guess what….. black people dont become doctors…. so, there you go. Take a mirror an look at yourself black people. stop complaining an fix it yourself.

    I feel sorry for the 5% of educated and well spoken black people who speak well. As 95% of the community lives in squalor, acting like Tupac in 1995. Making Tupac the idol to worship instead of Dr. King.

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