#BlackMomsMatter

Posted by  Kiana Trabue on 4.1.2018

She was thirty-six years old, highly educated, and gainfully employed as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where her work focused on understanding how structural inequality, trauma, and violence made people sick. She had an amazing support system, and what some would call “good” health insurance.

Despite these advantages, three weeks after giving birth she collapsed and died. Her cause of death? Complications from high blood pressure.

Shalon Irving’s story is not uncommon. According to the CDC, black women are 243 percent more likely than white women to die from pregnancy or childbirth related causes. ...


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April 2, 2018