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Black, white, or other—all American demographics suffer high maternal mortality

The U.S. ranks dead last out of 13 industrialized nations when it comes to women dying during pregnancy or due to pregnancy-related complications, according to a 2022 report by the Commonwealth Fund. Even when a pregnant woman has health insurance, education, a good support network, and access to good healthcare, that is sometimes not enough. Such was the case with Dr. Shalon Irving.

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