In 'persistent' trend, Black fetal deaths are twice as high as white deaths, CDC finds

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A wide disparity in fetal mortality continued during the first two years of the pandemic: Black mothers are more than twice as likely to experience a fetal death at 20 weeks or more than white mothers. 

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday found that while fetal deaths slightly decreased by 5% for Black mothers between 2020 and 2021, their rates remained significantly higher than white mothers. 

For Black mothers, the rate was 9.8 per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths, compared to white mothers’ rate of 4.8 from 2020 to 2021, CDC data shows.

The first year of the pandemic, the rate for Black fetal deaths was 10.34 and in 2019 the rate was 10.41 – all more than double the rate white and Hispanic mothers experienced.



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