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Dangers and deaths around Black pregnancies in Texas seen as a “completely preventable” health crisis

Despite a vast array of health resources, Black infants in Harris County are about twice as likely to die before their first birthday as those from other racial groups.

Tonjanic Hill lost a 2017 pregnancy at 19 weeks. Two years later, she was pregnant again with twins. This time, she was on bed rest for months and had to have an emergency cesarean section at 34 weeks. The twins, though premature, are now preschoolers.

Hill’s twins, though premature, are now preschoolers. “I believe God — and the high-risk doctor — saved my twins,” she says.

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