Maternal health and racism

Maternal health and racism

“Her platelet levels were dropping. But we weren’t aware of that,” he said. Isaac was Black and Puerto Rican. With hospitals overwhelmed due to the pandemic, she could only see her doctor through virtual visits. McIntyre said Isaac voiced her concerns, but no one was listening. Isaac died after complications from her cesarean section surgery at an area hospital.

“He’s such a happy baby and it just hurts me knowing this happened to him and how much happier he would be with his mother,” said McIntyre.  “Seeing them bond would’ve been such a beautiful thing.” The case drew national attention to the racial divide in maternal healthcare. PIX11 spoke with him on the one-year anniversary of Amber’s death.

Birthing while Black: Dad speaks out about what happened to baby’s mother during labor She died April 20, 2020, after giving birth to their son, Elias. She was just 26 years old.

Amber Rose Isaac’s death sparked outrage and shed light the systemic racism in maternal healthcare. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers. Locally the rate is even higher – Black moms are eight to 12 times more likely to die from childbirth-related issues. NJ, White House shine light on maternal health disparities

“Yesterday was a bit hard of course,” said McIntrye. “We wish Amber was here with us to celebrate because we know she would just have so many plans and ideas for the birthday, it definitely was a special moment that we could’ve shared with her.” Elias Isaac McIntyre turned one year old this week. He is a happy and healthy little boy. While his dad is celebrating like any proud father, it’s also a bittersweet day for this family.

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