Two weeks ago the news from the Census Bureau that non-white children make up the majority of those under the age of one year created a firestorm of media headlines across the nation. These demographic shifts have many implications for our nation, but my first thought was this: The majority of the babies being born in the US are now at serious risk for a whole host of maternal, fetal, and infant health problems.
Why? Because women of color have significantly higher rates of pre-term birth, low-infant birth weight, maternal, and fetal mortality.
Race-based maternal health disparities are no longer a concern of the minority — they are a concern of the majority. And they should be a top priority.
[NB: more people than just cis women need pre-natal, labor and delivery, and post-partum care.]