Literally nothing, not income, not education, not even being a health expert, has spared mothers who have lost their lives to this failure in our health care system. The ProPublica article acknowledges that, in general, high rates of maternal mortality in the U.S. have alarmed researchers. But the statistics for Black women are the reason for all of the headlines. According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers. A Black woman is 22 percent more likely to die from heart disease than a white woman, 71 percent more likely to perish from cervical cancer, but 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes.