Racial bias in the care of pregnant women is one of the factors influencing the high infant mortality rate of Afro-descendants in the United States of Kansas, a report warned today.
However, in Kansas, the nation’s infant mortality rate fell to a record low in 2020, rising to 19 percent, and for African-American children, the increase was 58 percent, with the rate now three-and-a-half times higher than the reported rate. . In the case of small whites.
Experts say the reason for this difference lies in racial disparities; while white and Hispanic infant mortality is usually due to birth defects, in African-Americans it is more often due to difficulties associated with premature birth and abortion. .
The article released by the United States Public Broadcasting Service states that the average number of preterm births in African-American communities in the country has been consistent and nearly doubled over the decades.
Racism is one of the most frequent causes of premature birth among African-descendants, according to Michigan State University professor Don Mishra, adding that even when the overall rate decreases, the difference remains.
Pre-existing health problems of the pregnant person and challenges in accessing prenatal care are also factors, according to Sharla Smith, a professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Research shows that doctors are less likely to diagnose black women with endometriosis or refer them for cardiac treatment, and also more likely to ignore their pain because of racial bias, she said.
“It’s not just about getting a date. Black women are simply not heard,” she said, as quoted by the source.
In addition, he deepened, the increase in numbers may also be due to the impact of COVID-19, as African-American communities feel the economic consequences of the pandemic more acutely.