A recent article from CNN discusses a new study from George Mason University that analyzed data capturing 1.8 million hospital births in Florida between 1992 and 2015. The study found that when White physicians cared for Black newborns, they were about three times more likely to die in the hospital than White newborns. This disparity dropped significantly when the doctor was Black, although Black newborns remained more likely to die than White newborns.
The author shared that the study points out the need for hospitals and other care organizations to invest in efforts to reduce these biases and raise awareness among staff about the prevalence of racial and ethnic disparities.
The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute believes in access to excellence for all young children, starting at birth. Black newborns need to be protected and nurtured by both Black and White doctors so that they have the chance to thrive in childhood and secure healthy and productive futures.