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What’s Behind the Increased Numbers of Black Women Dying During Pregnancy and Childbirth in the United States?

By Amie Newman |

New My blogger Amie Newman explores why black women in the United States are dying during pregnancy, childbirth, and the year following childbirth at nearly four times the rate of white women. While poor women are at greater risk of dying than women who have higher incomes, the disparity between black and white women is consistent at all income levels. Read

Planned C-sections May Carry Read Risk for Newborns than Spontaneous Ones

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

Last month, the on  in Scotland that compares the health of babies born by planned cesarean sections to the health of babies born vaginally or by emergency c-section.

Because Scotland keeps close records that link birth and medical data, the authors were able to track the long-term health of the babies as they grew up. The findings were unexpected:

Surprisingly, the data showed read health problems among babies born by planned C-section than among those delivered by emergency C-section or vaginal … Read