Denver 7’s Micah Smith spoke with Dr. Sasha Andrews, maternal fetal medicine specialist with Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, about the best way for expectant mothers of color to protect themselves and their babies.

Andrews says learning about maternal mortality means knowing exactly what it is and why it so largely impacts Black women. When it comes to Black mothers, there are contributing factors that lead to the heightened numbers. Some of those factors have less to do with the mother’s actual condition and more to do with her socioeconomic class. Other factors include structural racism, wealth gaps, higher unemployment rates and decreased access to care.

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