U.S. Poverty and Still Birth Rates

While we are in the midst of  cutting  health services to the poor, uninsured and most vulnerable in our population,  consider the U.S. rates of still births among these groups.  This from the Washington Post:

In the United States, the stillbirth rate is twice as high for black women as white women and is also higher in households with less income and education. Lowering the rate depends in large part on reducing risk factors in the mother, such as obesity, smoking and high blood pressure, said Wes Duke, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who helped write one of the Lancet papers.

Medicynical Note:  If we care about the health of our population, saving money by cutting services to those in the greatest need is not the way to go.  But then again, who said we care?

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