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Discrimination during childbirth among black birthing people predicts postpartum care utilisation
  1. Sonia Minooee
  1. College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sonia Minooee, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia; s.minooee{at}

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Commentary on: James KF, Hicks M, Choi KR, et al. Discrimination during childbirth and postpartum care utilization among Black birthing people in California, United States. Birth. 2023 Dec;50(4):1018-1024. doi: 10.1111/birt.12755. Epub 2023 Aug 7.

Implications for practice and research

  • Raising awareness among healthcare staff is integral to improving the existing communication problems and racial stereotyping.

  • Perception of black people regarding discrimination may be explored in greater depth using qualitative research methodologies.


Racial disparity in the USA has been a leading cause of poorer perinatal care and higher rates of pregnancy and birth mortality among black people. Evidence suggests an alarming rising trend of maternal morbidity in the USA, specifically among black and American Indian people between 2000 and 2019.1 In this study, James et al 2 evaluated the relationship between discrimination at birth and subsequent postpartum care utilisation among black people. The outcome variable was …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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