Maternal Deaths in NYC Twice the National Average

Maternal deaths in New York City are twice as high as the national average, according to a new report from the NYC Department of Health, reports the New York Times. Of the 161 pregnant NYC women studied whose deaths were "caused or exacerbated by pregnancy" 49% were obese and 56% had chronic health conditions like asthma and hypertension. The Black women in the study were seven times more likely to die in pregnancy than White women.


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