Race matters: maternal morbidity in the Military Health System

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) published this article – sponsored by the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) – in May 2021.

The studies conclusion reads as follows: “Equal access to healthcare and similar socioeconomic statuses in the military healthcare system do not explain the healthcare disparities seen regarding maternal morbidity encountered by Black women having children in the United States. This study identifies healthcare disparities in severe maternal morbidity among active duty service members and their families. Further studies to assess causes such as systemic racism (including implicit and explicit medical biases) and physiological factors are warranted.”

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