Birthing While Black. There, I said it.

I am disgusted by the systemic racism in maternal care after reading this shocking report just released by Amnesty International. Not only does this report describe how broken our birthing industry is, it describes a dark side that my look-at-me-birth-so-ecstatically white self is embarrassed by.

“The awful truth behind the shocking numbers is that at least half of these deaths could have been prevented.

Women in the United States are more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than in 40 other countries. More than half of these deaths occur within 42 days of giving the birth because of issues like accessibility, affordability and lack of oversight in maternal health matters. The story only gets worse when you look at the rates of pregnancy-related deaths among minority women. African-American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women.

But in a country that spends far more on health care than any other country in the world, we should be able to guarantee every woman’s right to a safe childbirth.”

Read the Summary or the Full Report and TAKE ACTION


One thought on “Birthing While Black. There, I said it.

  1. Thank you for speaking up about this. we do need to take action to bring about change. I did it. This is why it is so important to have birth advocates in our communities. Not just in the “conscious” circles but in the ghettos and projects as well. So many minorities and poverty stricken people do not have access to the information needed to have a conscious childbirth. They are not aware of their rights. Most women don’t even know that they can refuse all the procedures hospitals try to push on them during labor. The Birth advocates are the warriors fighting on the front lines for this change. Bless you, Mama.


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