Exploring Black Women’s High Maternal Mortality Rates & Naturopathic Medicine’s Role
Studies have shown that Black women report higher maternal mortality rates (MMRs) compared to any other racial group. Contributing factors that increase racial disparity amongst Black and White MMRs include cardiovascular comorbidities, pregnancy complications, genetic factors, socioeconomic status, racism, and poor healthcare management. While these factors have been identified in multiple research studies, there has not been any inquiry into what actions naturopathic doctors can take within their practice that can aid in decreasing Black women's MMRs. This paper incorporates recommendations given by Black mothers, and outlines how naturopathic doctors have the unique opportunity to decrease MMRs through patient education, informed consent, screening, prevention, and strong relationships built on trust.
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