KCUR 89.3 – Hakima Payne is executive director of Uzazi Village, which works to address high maternal mortality rates among Black women.

Bias in healthcare is a contributing factor in Black maternal mortality numbers, say leaders of organizations trying to reduce those statistics.

Daysha Lewis knew things were going wrong with her pregnancy. Still, she thought, “these are professionals. They must know what they’re doing.” So she followed the direction of her nurses and doctors.

But after the baby came the real harm. Lewis had what’s called a postpartum hemorrhage — serious bleeding after birth.

“I got up, went to the bathroom, and I just passed out,” Lewis said on Up To Date.