This Health Crisis Is Nearly Epidemic

Racism is a key to the rise of maternal mortality for Black women

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LLynnie Ervin’s daughter Kelly died while giving birth at Christian Northwest Hospital in St. Louis more than 10 years ago, and the memory hasn’t faded. She and her husband had gone to pick up Kelly from her home because she’d fallen ill, was pregnant, and lived alone. “Her entire face and…