African-American mothers suffer higher death rates during birth, and you should care about it

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You may or may not know that the overall maternal mortality ratio — the number of mothers who die from pregnancy-related causes per 100,000 live births — is pretty abysmal for both Georgia and the United States at large, especially compared to other developed countries.

For the U.S. the nationwide maternal mortality ratio in 2018 was 20.7deaths per 100,000 live births. For Georgia the 2018 maternal mortality ratio was 46.2, well over double the national maternal death rate; in comparison, most other developed countries tend to have maternal mortality ratios in the single digits.

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