Racial disparities in maternal care and what can be done

Dr. Cortina McCurry
4min read

Women of colour are more likely to experience complications in the maternal health setting or even die during pregnancy or childbirth. These numbers are two to three times higher for black, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. What are the factors that might be contributing to this and what can be done about it? How can you as a patient make yourself heard if you feel as if your symptoms are being dismissed?

Our panelists explore root causes of disparities in maternal health outcomes and provide pragmatic tools and strategies from the perspective of doctors working in the field on what can be done to help drive change.

What you will learn:

  • The problems that currently exist in Australia and abroad and what the data is telling us about populations that are disproportionately impacted.
  • Actions that are currently being taken and resulting in improved outcomes.
  • As a patient, how to make yourself heard if you feel like your symptoms are being dismissed.
  • Resources available for patient advocacy.

You can watch the recording of the panel discussion and access additional resources below.




United States




The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives
Reproductive Justice (Volume 1) (Reproductive Justice a New Vision for the 21st Century) by Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger