More NY women dying in childbirth

Maternal mortality rates are the highest they've been in at least 12 years, according to a new report. Credit: Metro File Photo.
Maternal mortality rates are the highest they’ve been in at least 12 years, according to a new report. Credit: Metro File Photo.

A new report from the New York Women’s Foundation shows that women in New York are 30 percent more likely to die during childbirth than they were 12 years ago, the NY Daily News reported.

In the late 1990s, the maternal mortality rate for black women was around 40 per 100,000 live births. Last year, there were 79 deaths to every 100,000 live births. The rate for white women remained steady at 10 per 100,000 live births over that same period.

According to the report, Brooklyn is the “epicenter” of new HIV diagnoses for women, with 32 percent of New York women with new HIV diagnoses living in Kings County.

30 percent were from the Bronx.

Citywide, about 65 percent of the women with new HIV cases were black, and 30 percent were Latina.

NYWF President Ana Oliveira said that shame associated with HIV prevents people from seeking care, which contributes to the high rates of new cases.

“There is a lot of fear and stigma,” Oliveira explained. “People not only have to deal with the physical reality, but the social stigma.”

The report recommends investing in more job training and development programs for women in “high-demand” fields and industries with higher salary potential, as well as establishing programs to raise high school graduation rates among low-income girls.

 

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