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A top New York health official is facing backlash after a series of tweets she posted calling white mothers “people births” while calling black and Hispanic women “mothers.”
The comments from Dr. Michelle Morse, chief medical officer of the New York City Department of Health, came in a series of tweets touting the city’s “birth equity” initiative to expand the “doula program and as a city-wide midwife”.
“The urgency of this moment is clear,” Morse wrote. “Mortality rates for people giving birth are too high, and babies born to black and Puerto Rican mothers in this city are three times more likely to die in their first year of life than babies born to non-Hispanic white mothers. “
Morse, who was hired in February last year as the department’s first chief medical officer, is also the department’s deputy commissioner for the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness, which focuses on ending inequality. racial.
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Morse’s remarks come just months after Democratic New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared racism a “public health crisis” in the state.