A rise in racial disparities in maternal health has become an ongoing issue in the United States. This study uses a scoping literature review method to examine the effect of implicit bias on racial disparities in maternal healthcare. Multiple articles in this study provide sufficient evidence to prove that implicit bias is a contributing factor to the alarming rise of racial disparities in maternal health outcomes. The study revealed two distinct categories that elaborate on the health crisis that has been a continuation of practices traced backed to slavery. The analysis for this research is grounded in lack of quality care and socioeconomic factors. The thesis demonstrates the underlying issues in maternity care. Black women are the core group represented in this research because of an increase in premature births, maternal mortality, and morbidity rates. Prevention strategies are elaborated in the study to reduce racial inequality.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Health Professions and Sciences
Saintil, Michaella, "How Implicit Bias Contributes to Racial Disparities in Maternal Health" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1201.