Dr. Mario Gaspar de Alba
Helping Children, Advancing Diversity
Social inequities have long been pointed to as reasons for the shorter life spans of minorities, including less access to healthy food, clean water, health insurance, and good medical care. That differential access, which can lead to chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, makes having a baby more dangerous.
Yet the recent media attention, often detailing federal statistics showing black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women, also suggests that part of the reason for the disparity is that doctors dismiss the legitimate concerns and symptoms of black women, regardless of their social economic status.