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Midwife Ebony Marcelle says there’s a lack of diversity in her profession — and it’s hurting pregnant women of color.
“We need more innovation, we need more diversity … just for example, midwives of color only make up about 2 percent of the profession,” Marcelle told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball on “Rising.” “We know the value of midwifery care as a whole … especially when we’re talking about disempowered or disenfranchised women — this is the type of care they need.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Marcelle, who is the Director of Midwifery at the Community of Hope, said midwifery was important, particularly among disenfranchised pregnant women.
“With black women, we know that regardless of the socioeconomic background, martial status, health status — they still have worse [maternal mortality] rates than white mothers,” Marcelle told Hill.TV.
The U.S. has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world with about 700 to 900 women dying each year from mostly preventable complications related to pregnancy, like blood loss and high blood pressure.
Among developed countries, there are an average of 12 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to the World Health Organization.
But African-American women across the country are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“What we believe will be helpful is seeing more birth workers of color, more OBs of color, more midwives of color, more lactation consultants of color”. (Black women make up only 5% of midwives in the US today). https://t.co/RAyLVV12mr #maternalmortality #midwifery #healthcare
— Asha Dahya (@Ashadahya) July 7, 2018
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