Mistreatment is more common among Black, Hispanic and multiracial mothers.


According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 5 women were mistreated while receiving maternity care, and nearly a third faced discrimination.

For Black, Hispanic and multiracial mothers, the mistreatment is even more common. The troubling numbers show about 30% of Black and Hispanic mothers reported mistreatment during maternity care, and about 40% reported discrimination.

Nearly 10% of women said that health care clinicians ignored them, refused requests for help or took an unreasonable amount of time to respond to requests, according to the CDC report. Nearly 7% of women – about 1 in 15 – said they were shouted at or scolded by doctors, midwives or nurses, and nearly 4% were threatened by their health care clinicians. Other experiences of mistreatment included violations of physical privacy and withholding or forcing treatments.

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