Nursing & Healthcare News
Maternal Mortality and Race
S.B. 464 takes aim at implicit bias
Tackling what she calls a “profound injustice,” State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-30) has introduced S.B. 464, the California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act, which is intended to address persistent racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-associated mortality.
Birth Outcome Disparities
Thirteen years ago, California took steps to address an alarming rise in maternal mortality rates. Although our state’s pregnancy-associated mortality rates have fallen dramatically and are now much better than the national average, maternal mortality and morbidity rates for Black women in California remain disproportionately high.
Although only 5.6 percent of the women who gave birth in California between 2013 and 2015 were Black, Black women accounted for 21 percent of maternal mortality cases during the same period!