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CDC updates report on mistreatment of maternity-care patients

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Friday, October 6, 2023   

People from some racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to have negative experiences during pregnancy and delivery that affect the quality of care and their health outcomes, according to a new study.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found about 30% of Black, Hispanic and multiracial women reported mistreatment in maternity care, compared with 20% overall.

Shanna Cox, associate director for science in the CDC's Division of Reproductive Health, said many of those surveyed reported similar experiences when visiting a hospital or a clinic.

"Receiving no response to requests for help, being shouted or scolded at, which can be termed as verbal abuse," she said. "Not having their physical privacy protected, and being threatened with withholding treatment or made to accept unwanted treatment."

Cox said mistreatment and discrimination have a direct impact on how pregnant people experience care.

The Georgia Department of Public Health's latest Maternal Mortality Report found that more than half of pregnancy-related deaths were among Black women, with 34% white women and 7% Hispanic women.

Cox said almost half of those surveyed said they shied away from asking questions or sharing concerns during their pregnancy or delivery. Many said they were embarrassed to ask a question or felt their health-care provider would think they were being "difficult."

Cox said better communication should be a priority.

"Some of this information was precipitated by some of the work that we do with the Hear Her campaign," she said, "which is a campaign that we hope to promote awareness of the urgent maternal warning signs, and promote provider and patient communication."

Cox added that health-care systems should provide respectful care, consider the patient's values, needs and desires, and ensure they are engaged in their own health care, and feel they're being heard.

"This is a component of quality care that's been highlighted as a strategy to reduce the disparities in pregnancy-related death," she said, "as well as identify opportunities for support."


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