Fighting the Maternal Health Crisis

As maternal mortality and morbidity rates rise, the American healthcare system must reckon with entrenched and systemic racial and gender disparities.

Maternal mortality and morbidity do not impact all women equally.

Disparities in care are evident in the rising rates of maternal mortality and morbidity among women in the United States. Data from the CDC show that women of color are more likely to die from fatal pregnancy complications than white women, with Black women dying at rates three times higher. These disparities are part of a broader and more pervasive inequality – particularly racial inequality – in healthcare. To combat this deeply rooted issue, healthcare must address several key factors: implicit bias, care quality and social determinants of health.

Beyond Clinical Medicine Episode 49: Addressing Disparities in Maternal Healthcare

Implicit bias can have real impacts on care delivery and patient outcomes. In this episode of Beyond Clinical Medicine guest host Brian Brown speaks with Dr. Khadeja Haye about addressing biases and disparities in maternal healthcare. Find Beyond Clinical Medicine on all major podcast platforms.


TeamHealth’s Commitments

The first step in addressing healthcare disparities and the maternal health crisis is acknowledging the real and damaging inequalities in healthcare. That’s why we’re committed to strengthening quality, providing education and increasing diversity to build a more equitable healthcare ecosystem

Our OB/GYN Program
National education programs

Our OB/GYN leadership creates regular and timely education on key maternal care topics, including implicit bias and diversity topics

Diversity, equity and inclusion program

A strong foundation in DEI is vital to everything we do, from creating a more inclusive workforce to caring for our diverse patient populations

On-site hospitalist services

We believe a 24/7 presence of OB/GYN hospitalists in facilities enhances maternal patient safety and experience

Patient safety standards

Safety is vital for both patient and baby, and our dedications to minimizing risk and strengthening care standards are essential

As clinicians, our goal should be to show up in the best way that we can to meet the needs of the patients and deliver the type of care they deserve. Part of that requires taking ownership of ourselves and finding ways in which we can help to address health disparities one patient at a time.
Khadeja Haye, MD, MBA, FACOG, National Medical Director, Acute Hospitalist Medicine, OB/GYN Hospitalist

Connect with us to learn more about our commitments to reducing maternal mortality and fighting care disparities.