Health Matters

Pregnancy Issues for Women of Color

Black women are 2 to 3 times more likely to die of pregnancy related causes.


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Pregnancies are a bittersweet mix of joy and worries as each brings its own health concerns and challenges . Dr. Frene' LaCour-Chestnut, faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine discusses the best ways to plan for a safe and healthy pregnancy for you and your baby.

‘Almost two-thirds of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, and the risks are even higher for many women of color. Black women are 2 to 3 times more likely to die of pregnancy related causes than white women. If you are planning a pregnancy or newly pregnant, choose an Obstetrician or midwife who is willing to partner with you on your pregnancy journey.”

Things to discuss include:

  • Your Health history and potential risks.
  • Warning signs and symptoms.
  • Explanations of tests and procedures in plain language.
  • Their comfort with caring for women at higher maternal health risk

“Actively partner with your healthcare provider and discuss concerns, fears and options to make your pregnancy as safe as possible for you and your baby.”

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