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Black Infant Health (BIH) Program

Maternal and Infant Mortality/Morbidity

  • Health disparities affecting Black women and babies appear to be less dependent on age, economic status, or education.

  • Poor birth outcomes persist even when Black women have a pregnancy at an optimal age, have high income, or are well educated.

  • Black women are 3 to 3.6 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latina, and White women. 1

  • Black babies are 1.4 to 2 times as likely to be born with a low birth weight (less than 5 lbs., 8 oz.) than infants of other racial or ethnic groups. 2

To review the most recent data on birth disparities by race and ethnicity, consult the MCAH data dashboards.

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