In case you don’t know, Black women and birthing people are 243% more likely to die during or after childbirth, according to the CDC. In my native home, New York City, the Black maternal mortality rate is 12X that of white women. We must do better.
I believe that we must also deploy joy as a tool in the fight for birth equity. We must use positivity as a catalyzing energy for justice and as a weapon against the mainstream narrative that suggests that merely surviving birth as a Black person is an accomplishment. Nope!
We must reclaim joy, respect and positivity as a birthright.
By seeking out and exploring positive birth stories we can build confidence, find solutions and identify blind spots in our quest to make the birth experience equitable for all Black birthing bodies. Join me on this journey!
I’ll delve into my journalistic background to offer powerful positive birth stories, layered with research, historical context, and the voices of others who were present, to create inspiring and instructive content for Black women and birthing people, as well as for providers, hospitals, and others in the birthing ecosystem.