Maternal Mortality is getting headlines this week due to the new Vogue article with Serena Williams.
I’m glad Serena was able to get the treatment she needed.
According to one report, Black women in New York City died 12 times as often as white women during pregnancy, labor or from complications of labor during the years 2006 to 2010.
We hear so much about access to healthcare being the reason for infant mortality and maternal mortality, but we see time and time again as in Serena Williams case, where the mother and the baby had adequate access to a hospital.
A ProPublica analysis shows that women who deliver at hospitals that disproportionately serve black mothers are at a higher risk of harm.
To get to the root of the problem, one must look at the institutional racism, structural racism, the biases and the prejudices that are constantly and consistently being held when it comes to black women.
In Serena’s case the nurse thought that she didn’t know what she was talking about and that her pain medication must have been messing with her frame of thinking.
Why is it so hard to believe that a black woman knows her body?
My advise when going to the hospital remains the same. Be your own Advocate. Be persistent. Be adamant.
Do not stop until you get the treatment you feel you need.