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Despite our wealth and advancement in medicine, maternity care in the United States, especially when it comes to labor and delivery, is far from perfect. The situation worsens if you are African American and/or poor.
Medline Plus online medical dictionary defines “maternity” as, “a hospital facility designed for the care of women before and during childbirth and for the care of newborn babies”.
This definition fails to take into account the often safer, cheaper option of home birth under midwives’ care and needs revised, particularly considering the gross failures of our current maternity system to protect women of color. [Read more…]