Five Ways Black Babies Are Affected By Racism

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Leslie Taylor-Grover
October 8, 2020

 #1 Access To Health Insurance

While health coverage has been expanded for many Black families, Black women are more likely to have interruptions in their insurance coverage before and after pregnancy than white women.

#2 Zip Code

Housing policies have historically been intentionally racist, segregating Black families to the most dangerous and isolated parts of communities. Practices such as “redlining” have put Black babies at risk for environmental illnesses and have interrupted health care access.

#3 Biased Doctors

White doctors are still less likely to believe us when we talk about our symptoms. Many even still falsely believe that Black patients feel less pain than white patients!

#4 Toxic Racism

Racism affects our ability to get jobs, secure housing, or even feel safe. Over time, this becomes literally toxic to our bodies! For pregnant women, this can lead to complications during pregnancy and delivery.

#5 Pollution

Communities without political power – mostly Black and/or impoverished communities – have higher levels of air pollution, which can hurt infants. 

Racism is a public health issue. It affects us from the cradle to the grave. One way we can fight back is by asking questions and insisting on treatment for our symptoms, pain, and discomfort. How can you advocate for yourself or a loved one during pregnancy?

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