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BLACK MOTHERS FACE HIGHER INFANT MORTALITY RATES


Women of color face higher infant mortality deaths
Black pregnant women

Thus there was killing of young and old, making away of men, women, and children, slaying of virgins and infants. And there were destroyed within the space of three whole days fourscore thousand, whereof forty thousand were slain in the conflict; and no fewer sold than slain.  MAKKABIYM SHENIY (2 MACCABEES) 5:13-14 את CEPHER. With various issues from A-Z plauging #Americans the most prevailing symptoms of #infanthealth leading to the #systematic infant mortality which is higher among women of color. With the ongoing debate of the #UnitedStatesSupremeCourt overturning Roe v. Wade, in which the earlier Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States generally protected a women right to have an abortion. Conservative judges struck down many abortion laws on a federal level making abortion illegal, deciding the traditional and religious views not shared by a majority of #American and undocumented women, changing the political sphere forever. We must learn from the past regarding #fetalmortality #infantmortality and sudden unexpected death during childbirth among women of color. History sheds light of practices used by conquering nations that were used to dispose of unwanted children, its main purpose being the prevention of resources being spent on weak or disabled offspring. Unwanted infants were usually abandoned to die of exposure, but in some societies they were deliberately killed. #Infanticide is broadly illegal, but in some places the practice is tolerated, or the prohibition is not strictly enforced. As children in weekly sunday school classes, many learned how the Mitsriym (Egyptian) nation destroyed thousands of infants because of their expected population growth but #research has uncovered that the practice of Infanticide continued to be common in most societies including #ancientGreece #ancientRome the #Phoenicians #ancientChina #ancientJapan #preIslamicArabia #AboriginalAustralia #NativeAericans and #NativeAlaskans . Hidden in #publiceducation materials and #Christian text books is Roman law and religious practices of infanticide or abandoning newborns on the dung heaps or garbage dumps of cities. Even the so-called refined and educated Cicero (106-43 BC) in his On the Laws 3.8 states: “Deformed infants shall be killed.” The “deformity” could be an unwanted child, a sickly child, a deformed child or simply a wrong sex child. The Stoic philosopher Seneca (4 BC-65 AD) comments casually in On Anger 1.15: “…mad dogs we knock on the head…unnatural progeny we destroy; we drown even children at birth who are weakly and abnormal.” In 2018, 17 mothers died for every 100,000 births

A roman king
Marcus Tullius Cicero

in America, but during the pandemic of 2021, that number reached to 33 for every 100,000 births. For women of color, the numbers were calamitous with 70 deaths for every 100,000 births.

There is yet to be any congressional hearings or investigative reports on why women of color suffer higher infant mortality in the United States. There is no known genetic connection between skin color or melanin concentration and biological causes of maternal illness or death but the problem, which is largely preventable, is made worse by the racial and ethnic disparities that have persisted over time. Where is the outrage from political and religious groups? Where is #blacklivesmatter protests and leaders in urban communities? Please leave comments to address the systematic deaths of infants in America. We must pressure congress through concertated efforts to save our babies. Conservative efforts have forced women to forsake #Feticide and withstand the full terms of the fetus. Since political and religious groups have pressured the judicial body to abandon a women and couples right to choose Feticide, especially in poverty and low income areas, we must lobby the political and judicial body to decrease #Perinatalmortality of a fetus. Citing a 2020 CDC report, we found The mortality rate declined for infants of Hispanic women overall and for Central and South American women in 2020 compared with 2019; declines in rates for the other race and Hispanic-origin groups were not significant. Infants of non-Hispanic Black women had the highest mortality rate (10.38), followed by infants of non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native (7.68), non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (7.17), Hispanic (4.69), non- Hispanic White (4.40), and non-Hispanic Asian (3.14) women. Infants born very preterm (less than 28 weeks of gestation) had the highest mortality rate (363.39), 178 times as high as that for infants born at term (37–41 weeks of gestation) (2.04). The five leading causes of infant death in 2020 were the same as in 2019. Infant mortality rates by state for 2020 ranged from a low of 3.92 in California to a high of 8.12 in Mississippi. In 2020, the five leading causes of all infant deaths were the same as those in 2019: congenital malformations (21% of infant deaths), disorders related to short gestation and low birth weight (16%), sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) (7%), unintentional injuries (6%), and maternal complications (6%). The alarm has been ringing since 2020 regarding the health and welfare of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses and the need to alleviate Congenital disorders and functional anomalies that occur during intrauterine life. We must view the CDC and the World Health Organization reports as a wake up call and combat birth defects, congenital anomalies or congenital malformations, as these conditions develop prenatally and may be identified before or at birth, or later in life. We must question whether Whites and Hispanics receive sufficient education and treatment to curb infant mortality, while black woman remains at alarming rates. Some congenital disorders can be treated with surgical and non-surgical optios to cure heart defects, neural tube defects, and down syndrome, can in low- and middle-income communities which are disproportionately affected. These areas are also less likely to have facilities to treat reversible conditions before, during and after pregnancy, leading to more pronounced and long-lasting effects. 


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