The article “America is failing its black mothers” by Amy Roeder provides a scary but honest review on health outcomes among Black mothers. Black women are three times more likely to die during delivery, and the probability of a black babys death is two times higher than the death of a white one (Roeder, 2019). The studies also reveal that Black women are 60 percent more likely to suffer from pre-eclampsia that might lead to death (Roeder, 2019). The reason for poor health outcomes among Black mothers lies in racism.
Modern nurses and practitioners are taught to be culturally competent, tolerant and treat all patients equally regardless of their race, age, gender, or socioeconomic status. However, in real life, this cultural competence of medical personnel is not always evident. The primary reason for this is that doctors might actually be willing to treat everyone equally, but they are guided by unconscious bias that tells them not to take the worries of Black women seriously.
Still, the current situation with poor health outcomes among Black mothers could be rectified. Undoubtedly, it is essential for practitioners to maintain trusting relationships with Black pregnant women before, after, and during delivery. However, this will not free them from unconscious prejudice toward people of color. That is why healthcare providers should put a lot of effort into eradicating unconscious bias in their employees. One of the ways to do this is to train skills of partnership-building and empathy in nurses and doctors. Even though it is immensely challenging to eliminate implicit bias, it is possible to minimize its influence on professional relations between a Black patient and a healthcare professional.
Roeder, A. (2019). America is failing its black mothers. Harvard Public Health. Web.