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Dangerous complications are increasing for pregnant patients in Mass., report finds

July 12, 2023 Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

A Mass. Department of Public Health study found Black patients experienced severe complications two and half times more often than white patients. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

State officials are tracking an alarming increase in health complications related to pregnancy and birth in Massachusetts, especially for Black patients.

The rate of these unexpected, life-threatening complications nearly doubled in a decade, from 2011 to 2020, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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