Welcome to Detroit, where black babies are at higher risk of death

Martina Guzman | The Guardian

Kaiesha Rivers slowly lowered her aching body into her bathtub. It had been an exhausting day and all she wanted to do was relax. But a few minutes into soaking, she felt a rush of cold water down her leg followed by a deep pain in her cervix.

“This can’t be,” Rivers thought. “Not again.” Her water broke. She was going into labor at 32 weeks, two months before her due date.

Instead of unwinding, Rivers found herself laying in the backseat of her aunt’s brand new Cadillac, being rushed to the hospital. Despite promptly informing medical staff that she was in labor, Rivers was taken to registration to fill out paperwork instead of a delivery room.

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