Research has Repeatedly Shown that Black Mothers and Babies Have the Worst Childbirth Outcomes in the United States

A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research and shared by the New York Times reveals how the risks of childbirth vary by both race and parental income. Regardless of their socioeconomic status, Black families face the worst maternal health outcomes.

This research reveals how the well-documented Black-white gap in infant and maternal health is not just explained by economic circumstances – it is a structural problem. This study included nearly all the infants born to first-time mothers from 2007 to 2016 in California.