We're not arguing whether or not WOC have a higher mortality rate. The point we're arguing is whether or not true disparities in health care between WOC and white non-Hispanics have any influence over maternal deaths. I read all the articles you provided with your most recent posts, and although they do address a quite large chasm between the races and maternal deaths, they do not address whether or not disparities in health care are considered a root cause. One thing I did notice however, is that among all the stated causes of maternal deaths in the US, cardiovascular diseases rates number one. In the US, up to 1/2 of African-Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, as compared to only about a third of non-Hispanic whites.
Also, after looking at the following Harvard article, it suggests hypertension as a probable cause for this cardiovascular disease, a condition that, due to a genetic component, African-Americans are more likely to have than non-Hispanic whites. When you look at all the conditions on the CDC website as contributing factors to maternal deaths from 2011-2014, hypertension could be considered as an underlying (but admittedly not definitive) cause for cardiovascular disease, cardiomyopathy, hemorrhage, cerebrovascular accidents, and is a sure cause of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Add these all together, and these conditions contribute to a whopping 51.2% of all maternal deaths. This is why I was curious as to whether or not these maternal deaths were truly being caused by intentional or unintentional disparities in health care, or if there may be something more insidious at work.
Race and ethnicity: Clues to your heart disease risk? - Harvard Health