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Amelia MajorFollow

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17-8-2018 10:00 AM

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Background: The United States has the highest maternal mortality among all developed countries, among these mothers, non-Hispanic black women are three times more likely than women of any other racial group to die from pregnancy-related causes.

Purpose: To investigate racial disparities among pregnant women who die from pregnancy related causes (maternal mortality) and determine possible interventions to improve outcomes.

Methods: An integrative literature review was conducted to analyze peer-reviewed articles published from 2007 to 2018; a computerized search of literature was performed using Cumulative Index to Nursing and Health Literature (CINAHL), Proquest Nursing and Allied Health Sources, PubMed and PsycINFO. The search terms included: maternal mortality, pregnancy mortality, disparit*, risk factor*, African American women, and non-Hispanic black women. This provided 7 articles to review guided by the Whittmore & Knafl literature review framework.

Results: Major and reoccurring issues related to racial disparities among pregnant women include: 1) an over all lack of prenatal care and 2) comorbidities like hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and others were most prevalent in non-Hispanic black women.

Conclusion: Further investigation is needed in order to combat these risk factors specific to non-Hispanic black women in order to come up with solutions to decrease maternal mortality.

Key words: maternal mortality, pregnancy mortality, disparit*, risk factor*, African American women, non-Hispanic black women

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Aug 17th, 10:00 AM

Maternal Mortality in non-Hispanic Black Women

Background: The United States has the highest maternal mortality among all developed countries, among these mothers, non-Hispanic black women are three times more likely than women of any other racial group to die from pregnancy-related causes.

Purpose: To investigate racial disparities among pregnant women who die from pregnancy related causes (maternal mortality) and determine possible interventions to improve outcomes.

Methods: An integrative literature review was conducted to analyze peer-reviewed articles published from 2007 to 2018; a computerized search of literature was performed using Cumulative Index to Nursing and Health Literature (CINAHL), Proquest Nursing and Allied Health Sources, PubMed and PsycINFO. The search terms included: maternal mortality, pregnancy mortality, disparit*, risk factor*, African American women, and non-Hispanic black women. This provided 7 articles to review guided by the Whittmore & Knafl literature review framework.

Results: Major and reoccurring issues related to racial disparities among pregnant women include: 1) an over all lack of prenatal care and 2) comorbidities like hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and others were most prevalent in non-Hispanic black women.

Conclusion: Further investigation is needed in order to combat these risk factors specific to non-Hispanic black women in order to come up with solutions to decrease maternal mortality.

Key words: maternal mortality, pregnancy mortality, disparit*, risk factor*, African American women, non-Hispanic black women