Black Moms STILL don’t Trust Hospitals

“Birth is a rite of passage of women. Their journey should be honored, their rights should be fiercely protected, and their stories should be shared.” — Marcie Macari

Maternal health is more likely to be a matter of life or death for African American women, who often navigate a lack of medical access during pregnancy. Charlotte doula Kelle Pressley talks about her work delivering healthy babies and what can be done to close the maternal health gap in the finale of this two-part episode. Host: Aaliyah Bowden. (Click here to tune in)

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. “ — Marie Curie

Dear Black Mamas,

Consider birth centers and home birthing. The United States, our country has the worst rates of maternal mortality in the industrialized world. Increasingly, experts are revealing what we’ve always known and that’s the fact that grim racial inequities do exist in America’s healthcare system.

Black mothers in the United States are four times as likely to die from maternity-related complications as white women.

Birth centers are sort of halfway points between hospital births and home births. They serve women with low-risk pregnancies and use midwives, who have medical training, and doulas, a nonmedical position focused on emotional support, physical comfort, and patient advocacy.

Until you feel safe in all birthing spaces, I am here. – The Pinkgrasshopper Full Spectrum Doula Trainer

Get help and heal at your own pace.– Tribal L&D podcast

All of the links feature recent podcasts and printed resources from me. Enjoy.

Thanks for sharing the resources – The Charlotte Post and Tribal A&D Podcast

Big props to New Jerseys Dr Nicola , – The Birth Center of New Jersey in Union, N.J., where Ms. Eaddy-Onque gave birth to Anastasia, has been increasingly busy during the pandemic. Founded and owned by Dr. Nicola Pemberton, a Black obstetrician-gynecologist, this facility is unusual in that it is run by a medical doctor who has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and that it primarily serves people of color.


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