Black babies die at twice the rate of white babies in the US. One woman wants to change that

Christin Farmer is on a mission to address the shocking racial disparity in infant mortality in America. Farmer is one of the inspirational grassroots organisers that are transforming the lives of people in one of America’s most segregated cities

Rachel is a college-educated professional pianist who lives in a middle-class leafy Cleveland suburb with her husband and their baby boy.

The 34-year-old is fit and healthy with good medical insurance and a close-knit family network, but these socio-economic advantages were not sufficient insurance to insulate her from the racial disparities that characterise America’s infant and maternal mortality rates: African American babies are twice as likely to die before reaching their first birthday than white babies, regardless of the mother’s income or education level.

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