An analysis of survey responses by the CDC found that women of color were more likely to report abuse while caring for their mothers.
DENVER — One in five women reported being abused during pregnancy and childbirth, according to an April national survey of more than 2,400 Americans analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC said Tuesday’s findings said women were ignored, yelled at, had their privacy violated and were forced to receive medical treatment they didn’t want.
“It’s very important that the support provided is the best possible,” said Dr. Wanda D. Barfield, director of CDC’s Reproductive Health Division. “And if a woman feels uncomfortable because of her experience, she is unable to share her concerns.”
According to CDC researchers, 84% of pregnancy-related deaths were preventable.
“Women who have had, or feel they have had, a bad experience during prenatal care are less likely to seek further care,” Barfield said. “Also, those at high risk and those with pregnancy-related care and concerns may not receive the care they need and may be adversely affected as a result.”
Women of color were more likely to report abuse. About one in three black, Hispanic, and multiethnic respondents said they had faced abuse. Berfield said stereotypes and prejudices fuel these negative experiences.
“As health care providers, we need to think about potential biases that make people feel they are not being treated properly,” she says.
These prejudices can have real-world implications. Researchers in the Journal of American Medical Association found that mothers who identified as black, American Indian, or Alaska Native were more likely to die in childbirth.
Barfield said solutions include implicit bias training and hiring a more diverse workforce to help patients place more emphasis on themselves in their care.
Of the women who responded to the survey, 45% said their experience was ‘normal’, they were too embarrassed to ‘exaggerate’, and their health care provider felt that their experience was ‘normal’. I think,” he said, so he refrained from expressing concerns. It was difficult. “
CDC has a “Hear Her” campaign for women facing these issues and provides resources online.
Colorado-specific data were not available. It is worth noting that 70% of his survey respondents were white, with people of color making up a portion of the respondents. Respondents were 11% black, 10% Hispanic, 5% Asian, and 3% multiethnic.
Learn more about the survey and responses here.
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