In the United States, the risk of pregnancy-related deaths for Black women is three to four times higher than that of white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Working to help change this statistic is tennis star Serena Williams. After giving birth to her daughter in 2017, Williams shared the life-threatening complications she experienced during childbirth and discussed the racial disparities that exist within the healthcare system. Now, through her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures, she has invested in a startup that works to end the maternal mortality crisis affecting Black women called Mahmee.

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