Health & Fit Death of Pregnant Black Woman, Sha-Asia Washington, Highlights Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality
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The death of Sha-Asia Washington, a Black woman giving birth at a Brooklyn hospital, has prompted protests and petitions highlighting the racial disparities inin the U.S.
Washington, 26, died in labor on July 2 at Woodhull Medical Center. A few days past her due date, she went for a routine stress test to the New York hospital, where doctors gave her medication to induce labor,reports. Doctors asked Washington if she wanted an epidural, to which she consented after some hesitation.
Things went south soon after, Desiree Williams, the mother of Washington’s boyfriend, Juwan Lopez, told the outlet.
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Dr. Jerome Adams is preparing two calls to action — one on high blood pressure, the other on maternal mortality — to address racial health inequality.In an interview with Business Insider on Friday, Adams reflected on federal data released last week that found Black seniors were four times more likely than white seniors to be hospitalized due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that Latinx seniors were twice as likely to be hospitalized.
“The next thing you know he’s waiting there and they start running her down the hallway to the operating room,” Williams, who was on FaceTime with her son at the time, said. “He’s just screaming, ‘What happened? What happened?’ And nobody’s answering. Then somebody said the baby’s heart rate started dropping.”
Washington went into cardiac arrest while her baby was delivered via an emergency c-section. The infant Khloe was healthy, but Washington was pronounced dead after doctors spent 45 minutes performing CPR.
Following her death, Washington’s sister-in-law set up ato help Lopez, now a single father. As of Friday morning, the page had raised nearly $70,000 towards a goal of $20,000.
Covid-19 Exposes America’s Racial Disparities
The coronavirus is hitting Black Americans especially hard. The U.S. has to fix this.The disparity is not confined to children. Across the U.S., Covid-19 poses a broader threat to people of African ancestry. Studies and data from several states show that Black Americans contract coronavirus at rates much higher than their share of the population. Their death rates are higher, too, especially in middle age; adjusted for age, Black death rates are 3.6 times those of Whites. Medicare data suggest that, among elderly Americans, being Black is a Covid-19 risk factor almost as great as being over the age of 85.
“Hello everyone shaasia was a beautiful soul,” the description on the page reads. “She passed away giving birth to her beautiful baby girl khloe. She just started her family . Just got her own apartment to be on her own . If you know shaasia she wanted to be a mom and she was gonna be an amazing one . She left behind so many hurt people with this sudden tragic lost. No one was expecting this . So for khloe we will take anything to help Juwan who is now a single dad .”
“WOODHULL HOSPITAL KILLED SHAASIA GIVING HER A EPIDURAL PLEASE HELP US GET JUSTICE,” the description concluded.
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Comedianon her Instagram page, writing “Women of color are 12 times more likely to die unnecessarily during child birth in New York City. 4 percent everywhere else. Did you know that? This woman died in Brooklyn at woodhull hospital a few days ago and never met her little girl. #shaasiawashington scream her name. There’s a go fund me for her in my bio but we need to wake up and do better every day.”
When the Boss Is Bad for the Baby
Study finds that pregnant women who are stressed by workplace discrimination are more likely to have premature, low-birthweight offspring.For the children of working mothers, “negative consequences of perceived workplace discrimination can begin before a child is even born,” says the paper, which will appear in a future issue of the journal and was released electronically on July 2.
Washington’s death has also promptedand a calling for New York hospitals to publish data on pregnancy outcomes.
According to the, Black women are at least three times more likely to die from pregnancy- and birth-related complications than white women in the U.S. In New York, the number is closer to 12 times more.
“I’m lost for words my queen I wish I can hug and kiss you again I’m so hurt baby my mind is all over,” Lopezon Instagram following Washington’s death, later adding in , “I need answers.”
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