Opinion: I’ve unconsciously contributed to the racial gap in infant mortality. Not anymore

Closing the racial gap in infant mortality must become a priority. Clinicians need to make sure that implicit bias doesn't influence the care they deliver.

While I was on call in the neonatal intensive care unit the other day, a baby born prematurely at 24 weeks died in his mother’s arms. Having seen this tragic outcome many times in my career, I reflexively knew what to do next: call the chaplain and the photographer, bring out the memory-making kits, and sign the death certificate.

Without needing to think about it, I listed the cause of death: prematurity. Because I work in a large university hospital in urban Chicago, it is

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