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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternity Care in the United States Put Mothers and Babies at Risk

Simpson, Kathleen Rice, PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September/October 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 5 - p 300
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000456
ONGOING COLUMNS: Perinatal Patient Safety

There are dramatic differences in maternal and infant outcomes among racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Some of these disparities are due to inequitable maternity care. Potential underlying causes and solutions are discussed.

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in St. Louis, MO, and the Editor-in-Chief of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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