February 22, 2021

Maternal Health Disparities: A Q&A with Dr. Jasmine Johnson

Biases in the health care system have led to stark racial disparities in maternal health. Black women are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication than white women.

In this video, SWHR President and CEO Katie Schubert interviews Dr. Jasmine Johnson, a third-year maternal-fetal medicine fellow and clinical instructor in the University of North Carolina Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, about racial disparities in maternal health outcomes. Johnson provides information on how women can advocate for themselves to their health care providers and offers solutions to address these disparities.

Learn more in SWHR’s blogs about maternal health crisis and check out Johnson’s blog — The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D. — a platform that she started as a resource for students, including mothers, who are considering medical school, looking for advice on residency, and deciding on a fellowship program.

SWHR’s blog series on maternal and infant health disparities is supported by a grant from AMAG Pharmaceuticals. SWHR maintains editorial control and independence over blog content.