By Jade Hindmon, KPBS, September 12, 2019
California has the lowest maternal mortality rate in the country, according to the United Health Foundation's health rankings.
But black women in California continue to die at a rate three to four times higher than white women from pregnancy or delivery complications.
Several advocacy groups believe racial bias in the health care system in to blame. To address the disparity, California lawmakers approved Senate Bill 464, the California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act. The legislation, which is expected to be signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, will require implicit bias training for perinatal healthcare providers.