- Racial disparities persist in the administration of neuraxial analgesia during labor, with Black women being less likely to receive this effective pain relief compared to White women.
- Structural racism, including factors such as unemployment, incarceration rates, and education levels, contributes significantly to these disparities.
- Black women giving birth in counties with high social inequity experience even lower rates of neuraxial analgesia use, highlighting the compounding effects of systemic inequities.
- Interventions aimed at addressing socioeconomic disparities could help reduce the gap in access to effective pain management during labor.
- These findings underscore the urgent need for policies and initiatives that tackle structural racism and promote equitable access to maternal healthcare services.