So, You Want to Stop Preventable Maternal Deaths? Then, Create a Culture of Accountability!

Doctors in white coats line a hospital hallway.

Some of you aren’t going to like what I’m about to say, but I’m going to say it anyway. Racism is not the only reason that pregnant Black and Brown women die unnecessarily in childbirth or during the postpartum period. Clinical incompetence and accountability also need to be addressed and dealt with appropriately.

 

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