Societal challenges increase maternal health inequities
Rates are down across the nation; rising in Philadelphia-area
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While pregnancy and childbirth complications are increasing among women in the United States, racial and ethnic disparities persist. New Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Health of America data indicates that maternal health inequities in the U.S. are the result of broader health system and societal challenges.
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