Morehouse School of Medicine to Study Inequities Among Pregnant and Postpartum Black Women

Morehouse School of Medicine announced Thursday it is researching inequities among pregnant and postpartum Black women.

Black mothers in Georgia, New Jersey, Louisiana and the District of Columbia are interviewing about a condition called Maternal Near Misses (MNM)- a condition that occurs when a woman nearly dies but survives from a complication during pregnancy. Morehouse School of Medicine said the condition can occur during childbirth or within 42 days of terminating a pregnancy.

According to a release, incarcerated women will also participate in the study.

More than 700 women die each year in this country from problems related to pregnancy or delivery complications – this is not only tragic but largely preventable,” President Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine said.

The release stated Georgia, New Jersey, Louisiana and the District of Columbia all have the highest maternal mortality rates among Black women in the U.S.

Morehouse School of Medicine said an estimated 50,000 women experience severe or unexpected health problems during pregnancy that could lead to long-term health problems.

The research will incorporate first-hand accounts from women who have experienced MNM during birth or pregnancy.

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SOURCE: 11 ALIVE, Jessica Brown

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