Structural Racism and Maternal Health Among Black Women

J Law Med Ethics. 2020 Sep;48(3):506-517. doi: 10.1177/1073110520958875.


Historical foundations rooted in reproductive oppression have implications for how racism has been integrated into the structures of society, including public policies, institutional practices, and cultural representations that reinforce racial inequality in maternal health. This article examines these connections and sheds light on how they perpetuate both racial disparities in maternal health and high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity among Black women.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Black or African American / history*
  • Enslaved Persons / history*
  • Female
  • History, 17th Century
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Maternal Health / ethnology*
  • Maternal Mortality / ethnology*
  • Medicaid
  • Public Policy*
  • Racism*
  • United States