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Birthing care without racism: five minutes with . . . Kimberly Seals Allers

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 11 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m424

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The author and maternal and infant health strategist explains why she’s determined to tackle the racism and bias that evidence shows is inherent in birth and breastfeeding care

“In New York City, where I live, black women are 12 times more likely to die during childbirth than white people. In the UK, according to the Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK report,1 black women are five times more likely to die, and Asian women twice as likely to die, compared with white women. We’re very far away from where we want to be.

“We have to acknowledge the role of racism and bias. Many of the studies around the experience of women in childbirth and breastfeeding talk …

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