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CDC is pleased to announce that Allyson Felix, a U.S. Olympian, has joined the Hear Her campaign to share her story and raise awareness about urgent warning signs that could indicate life-threatening complications during and in the year after pregnancy. About 700 women die in the United States each year due to complications related to pregnancy. Black women are three times more likely to die from these complications than White women. Through her involvement, Ms. Felix also seeks to raise awareness of the higher burden of poor pregnancy outcomes among Black women in hopes of generating change. Ms. Felix was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia when she was 32 weeks pregnant and had an emergency c-section to deliver her daughter. Her doctor’s diagnosis and fast actions may have saved Allyson’s life.