A new report from New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) finds that New York mothers have high rates of serious complications related to childbirth, with significant disparities across racial and ethnic groups. It also highlights local and statewide efforts to improve maternal health and reduce these disparities.
In 2018, the overall rate of severe maternal morbidity (potentially life-threatening complications during or after childbirth) was 2.7 percent in New York State. But Black women were 2.3 times more likely than white women to experience such complications. Rates among Hispanic women were 1.7 times higher than for white women; among Asian women, rates were 1.5 times higher compared with white women. Such racial and ethnic disparities persisted over the study period, which began in 2011.
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