Among the myriad issues highlighted in 2020 was America’s profound inequities in medical care. Last year’s focus was, of course, largely on the coronavirus, but the disparities permeate all realms of wellness – including pregnancy and newborn care.
In L.A. County, Black mothers are four times more likely than other women to die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, and Black infants are three times more likely than white or Asian infants to die before they turn one. Organizations such as Kindred Space LA, a birthing center in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles, aim to chip away at those disparities.
Owned and operated by midwives Kimberly Durdin and Allegra Hill, the space opened last year with the goal of providing comprehensive, holistic care for Black families.
“We have literally pledged our lives, at this moment, to be a part of the solution,” said Durdin.
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