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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.”

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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).

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  1. Perhaps that percentage could change if people of color would attend the classes required to be certified. I am sure they would be welcomed at class.

  2. You can’t have more diversity if there are not Black women applying to the schools to become a midwife. There is no way that you can miracously have more midwives just because you want them. If there is a disparity then the Black midwives out there need to help other Black women want to become midwives.

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