The U.S. has made no progress toward meeting government goals to reduce pregnancy-related deaths, according to a report released on Thursday by Amnesty International on the global state of civil rights.
The situation is worse for expectant mothers of color, who are more likely than white moms to die as a result of pregnancy complications. Those disparities have also persisted in the last year, according to the report.
Between 2005 and 2007, the maternal mortality rate among black mothers was 34 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
That number was less than 11 deaths for white moms and even lower among Hispanics - less than 10 maternal deaths per 100,000. Native Americans and Asian mothers faired worse than whites, but much better than black moms, with nearly 17 and 11 deaths per 100,000 births respectively.
Rates of chronic and gestational diseases partially explains the disparity of maternal death among different racial and ethnic groups, according to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. For example, rates of chronic and gestational diabetes and hypertension are higher among black mothers than among white, according to a 2011 report by the HHS. But lack of access to good health care among poor women and women of color also contributes to the racial disparities, according to the ARHP.