Black women dying from birth/pregnancy complications

Black women’s concerns are so easily dismissed in hospitals. This article states “Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s partly why the overall rate of pregnancy-related deaths has climbed over the past two decades, making the maternal mortality rate in the United States the worst in any industrialized country”. I find this pretty scary since I am a Black woman myself and one day would like to have kids of my own. On Twitter I would sometimes see a news article or a post about a Black woman that has died of birth complications in the hospital, the article or post would always state that the mother had concerns but the doctors didn’t think it was serious until it was too late. The article states “The reasons behind the racial disparities are many and complex, she said. Lack of access and poor quality of care are leadings factors, particularly among women at lower socioeconomic levels. But there’s a bigger problem, Langer said. “Basically, black women are undervalued. They are not monitored as carefully as white women are. When they do present with symptoms, they are often dismissed.” Although “lack of access and poor quality of care” and low socioeconomic level could lead to birthing complications, Black women are definitely undervalued. Serena Williams and Beyonce had difficulties with their pregnancies and birthing, and they’re both well established women. In the article Serena experienced a pulmonary embolism a day after giving birth. Pulmonary embolism is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot. Serena has had this condition before, so she knew right away what it was when she was gasping for air. The hospital staff dismissed her at first but she pushed them to check her lungs and of course she was right. This is a famous athlete who had to push these doctors to do something before it was too late. This says a lot about how the healthcare system treats Black mothers, regardless of their socioeconomic level. I hope Black women will be valued more in the healthcare systems so these tragedies that can be completely prevented don’t ever happen again.

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