Why is infant mortality rate among Blacks in Pittsburgh so high?
Unfortunately, your baby is more likely to die if you are Black and pregnant and live in Pittsburgh. Yes, the Black infant mortality rate in Pittsburgh is 5 times more likely than whites.
What is the infant mortality rate and why is it important? Infant mortality rate is defined as the number of infant deaths (one year of age or younger) per 1000 live births. If the child mortality rate is a true indicator of the health of a country, the new report then puts a serious question on the U.S. healthcare system. Cuba has a better rating than the US. Is it because Cuba is a socialist country? Probably.
Black infant death has been happening for a while and there has been no concern. The government has tried to solve the problem with a program here and a program there but when its time to cut budgets these are the programs that get cut
Here is excerpt from The New York Times, By Timothy Williams – Published: October 14, 2011
In Pittsburgh, where the unemployment rate is well below the national average, the infant mortality rate for black residents of Allegheny County was 20.7 in 2009, a slight decrease from 21 in 2000 but still worse than the rates in China or Mexico. In the same period the rate among whites in the county decreased to 4 from 5.6 — well below the national average, according to state statistics. Figures for the past two years, which are not yet available, have most likely increased the gap significantly, county health officials said.
Now in 2012, the infant mortality rate is for Blacks is 13.1 double that of whites. And, it doesn’t matter what your socio-economic background is. Even affluent black women with college degrees are included in these statistics. Age isn’t a factor either. Black mothers across all range of child-bearing years are losing their babies. Doctors are now pointing the finger at the one thing these women have in common. Race.
The following text is from an online site Roland Martin Reports:
In a 2007 study, researchers in Chicago compared infant birth weights of babies. Low birth weight is a key indicator of infant mortality and a newborn’s health. Infants born to white women had an average birth weight of 7.5 pounds. Infants born to African and Caribbean immigrants new to the United States had an average birth weight of 7.3 pounds. So, the average birth weight of babies in the two groups were nearly identical, but the same study found that babies born to the next generation — the daughters of black immigrants — had dropped to the same average weight as African-American children: about 6.8 pounds, almost a full pound lighter than white babies.
Doctors, at a loss to for a scientific explanation, now believe the everyday stress of being a black woman in a mostly white society is the cause. One researcher said constantly dealing with racism is like revving a car’s engine without easing up on the gas. The stress takes its toll in the lives of unborn children.
Does this mean that Pittsburgh is more racist than any other part of the United States?