Legal Brief: Why Do Black Women Have More Birth Complications?

Compared to white women, black women have higher rates of complications during birth. These result in injuries to both the mother and the baby.

This legal brief features Lyle Griffin Warshauer, a personal injury lawyer who has years of experience handling cases involving birth injuries. She says that there are a number of factors that lead to this increase in birth complications.

She can be reached at 888-981-5602.


Video transcript:

I'm Leslie Rhode with™ and this™ legal brief. African-American women in the United States are three to four times more likely to die during or after labor and delivery than our white women. According to the World Health Organization, their odds of surviving childbirth are comparable to those of women in countries where much higher proportions of the population live in poverty. Attorney Lyle Warshauer, who was named one of the top 50 female lawyers in the state of Georgia, has handled many cases involving the injury or death of the mother or infant. Many of the complications that can lead to maternal death or birth injury can be detected early but often mothers without insurance don't receive the same level of care as those with plenty of coverage. Attorney Warshauer says:

“If someone failed to comply with the standard of medical care they provide to a child or a mom, then there are means of redress and that's what lawyers do and we can help with that. It is true that we are seeing more maternal problems related to labor and delivery processes. We're seeing problems in both community hospital settings and in urban settings where for whatever reason folks are not paying attention to the problems that their patients are experiencing."

Failure to diagnose can lead to several serious complications and permanent injuries including cerebral palsy, physical damage, developmental delays, nerve damage, stroke and more.

I'm Leslie Rhode with™ and this has been an™ legal brief.

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