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Black Mothers Share the Devastating Impact of Racism in Maternal Health Care

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In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, four Black women share their pregnancy and childbirth experiences to highlight the lasting impact of the racism and trauma Black women too often face when enRead full story

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  • These stories are haunting, I'd encourage everyone to take some time and read through them. We can't keep having conversations about changing and improving healthcare without also talking about who are genuinely the most vulnerable victims right now.

  • Mitch Eiven
    Mitch EivenFreelance Writer

    Unfortunately, in today’s political environment it’s not likely a discussion about racism in healthcare will surface above the noise. We’re also living in an era where discrimination is, if not encouraged, certainly no longer discouraged. Blatant racists have come out of the woodwork to publicly espouse their most hateful discourse and formerly closeted bigots seem all too comfortable sharing long repressed, venomous hate speech. The disrespect and disregard these moms had to tolerate, from careless

    Unfortunately, in today’s political environment it’s not likely a discussion about racism in healthcare will surface above the noise. We’re also living in an era where discrimination is, if not encouraged, certainly no longer discouraged. Blatant racists have come out of the woodwork to publicly espouse their most hateful discourse and formerly closeted bigots seem all too comfortable sharing long repressed, venomous hate speech. The disrespect and disregard these moms had to tolerate, from careless or intentionally disengaged professionals shows us that we’re dealing with an issue that goes beyond a collection of malcontented racists brandishing Tiki Torches in smaller town, Southern America. On the bright side, I’m encouraged by teenagers. If the Parkland students behaviors are any indication of the next generation’s intolerance for bigotry and stupidity, we might just get this problem solved once and for all.

  • Ciara Combs
    Ciara CombsWriting Talent

    These stories are absolutely horrifying and my only question is 'why'. I had no idea that maternal racism was an issue period. Women are all united by the fact that we have uteruses and get to experience carrying babies. Why would skin color ever matter, especially now? All of the issues that these women experienced were completely and Totally preventable. These poor women made it to their third trimester, a month before their die date even, before complications were detected. This is unacceptable

    These stories are absolutely horrifying and my only question is 'why'. I had no idea that maternal racism was an issue period. Women are all united by the fact that we have uteruses and get to experience carrying babies. Why would skin color ever matter, especially now? All of the issues that these women experienced were completely and Totally preventable. These poor women made it to their third trimester, a month before their die date even, before complications were detected. This is unacceptable because most of the issues they encountered could have been detected in the second and even first trimester. I find the fact that women of color are more susceptible to complications absolutely repulsive and as a first world country, we need to do better.

  • Olivia  Penn
    Olivia Penn

    Wow, Their stories reveal my own struggle.

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