According to new report by the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest, the maternal mortality rate in New York City has increased by 30 percent over ten years.
The report, published by the New York Women's Foundation, says that black women living in poor communities are most at risk.
Ten years ago, the maternal mortality rate for black women was about 40 deaths per 100,000 live births, but now it is 79.
C. Nicole Mason, the author of the report, said the increase in the maternal mortality rate for black women is based on poor prenatal and postpartum care, higher rates of c-sections and health factors such as obesity.
"We really need to think about how women in poor communities are treated from the time they become pregnant until they deliver, and whether they're getting the health care they deserve," Mason told the Gothamist. "'We really need to think about... whether they're getting the health care they deserve."
The report also found that black women had the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses, 64.6 percent, followed by Latinas at 27.8 percent.
According to a 2010 study by the New York Academy of Medicine, women without health insurance are four times as likely to die as women with coverage.
Both studies contradict Republicans Mitt Romney and former President George W. Bush who both claimed America has the best health care system in the world.
Sources: New York Women's Foundation and Gothamist