To be Black anywhere in America is to experience higher rates of chronic ailments like asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s and, most recently, COVID-19. Black Americans have less access to adequate medical care; their life expectancy is shorter.
My labor was prolonged and painful. Because it was so early, the goal was, unusually, to keep the baby in, not push him out. Each additional day in utero—each additional day I labored—meant healthier lungs, a stronger heart, a better life. Each day counted.
Even in the few Southern states where infant mortality rates are inching closer to the national average, the gap between death rates of Black and white babies is vast.
Hard work is paying off for one Hampton resident who has not let her battle against autism defy her odds in the workplace.
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The maternal mortality rate for Black women is nearly three times higher than the maternal mortality rate for White women, according to federal statistics.
Researchers said racial bias was the only explanation for excessive testing of Black mothers at a Pennsylvania health system.
Autism Awareness Month Feature Presented by SPARK The Austins suspected that their middle child, Camryn, had autism, but her teachers and doctor did not. Perhaps