Disparities in Birth Outcomes


Black Mothers and Babies at Risk

"Black babies in the United States die at just over two times the rate of white babies in the first year of their life," says Arthur James, MD.

African American mothers at all income levels give birth prematurely and suffer the loss of their newborns and infants at significantly higher rates than mothers of other races and ethnicities, according to decades of research.

Arthur James, MD, Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and clinical professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, presented his findings at the New Haven Healthy Start 20th Anniversary convening, "1997-2017: Then, Now & Beyond!" James identifies patterns of historical discrimination that have resulted in disparities in black/white infant mortality rates. 

Listen to Dr. James on WNPR:


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