"Black women die at a rate that ranges from three to four times the rate of their white counterparts—41 deaths per 100,000 live births among black women versus 13 deaths per 100,000 live births among white women as of 2010; this difference in risk has remained unchanged for the past six decades."
"Similar to racial/ethnic disparities in maternal death, black women are more likely to experience severe maternal morbidity than white women. Site of care has received attention as a mechanism to explain disparities in other areas of medicine. Data indicate that black women receive care in a concentrated set of hospitals and that these hospitals appear to provide lower quality of care."
"Maternal mortality is a human rights crisis in the United States. The 2014 Trends in Maternal Mortality report issued jointly by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank, and the UN Population Division shows that the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in the US increased by 136% between 1990 and 2013, from 12 to 28 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. This is nearly double the rate
of Saudi Arabia and more than triple that of the United Kingdom.
American population have some of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the country. Washington, D.C., with its 50% Black population, has an MMR of 41.6, compared to the national average of 28. Fulton County, Georgia, which includes the city of Atlanta, has an MMR more than three times the national average— there are 94 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births for African Americans, while the rate for White women is too insignificant to report at all. In Chicksaw County, Mississippi, the MMR for women of color (595 per 100,000 live births) is higher than rates in countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya (400) and Rwanda (320)."