Black Women Are Twice As Likely To Lose Their Babies As White Women. Here’s Why.

Mother’s Day is supposed to be a celebration, but there is a darker side to this day for many African-American mothers.

“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants – 11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies – a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were considered chattel,” reports Linda Villarosa, writing in The New York Times Magazine.

That adds up to more than 4,000 lost black babies each year. This disturbing number is unrelated to education or income: An affluent black woman with an advanced degree is more likely to lose her baby than an uneducated white woman with little or no prenatal care.

It’s not just the babies….

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