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How racism is making us ill

Black people continue to suffer worse outcomes due to the prejudice that is still built into our healthcare systems, writes Layal Liverpool 



In the UK, black women are four times more likely than white women to die during pregnancy and childbirth (Photo: SDI Productions/Getty Images)


As an investigative science journalist and medical researcher, I knew that racism was a public health issue: that people from marginalised racial and ethnic groups tend to experience worse outcomes.

But when I became a mother, it brought the issue to the fore. In the UK, Black women are four times more likely than white women to die during pregnancy and childbirth, according to a review of deaths between 2017 and 2019. I myself repeatedly had to advocate for myself during my pregnancy and labour.


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