How to Keep Black Mothers Healthy During and After Childbirth

How to Keep Black Mothers Healthy During and After Childbirth


>>BIRD: All of us, regardless of gender, race or circumstance, should be able to live a life
defined by our dreams, not our limitations. For many black women, our pursuit of these dreams
is impacted by our morbidity. Morbidity is defined
as the condition of being diseased. This is a word that describes
the reality that many black women face. We know that black women
are at a higher risk of conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. High blood pressure is also
much more common in black communities than in others. Research shows that black
women are at a higher risk of severe Maternal Morbidity, involving obstetric
hemorrhage or severe life threatening bleeding, that occurs before, during or after childbirth. And black women, while slightly less likely
to develop breast or cervical cancer, are far more likely to die
from those cancers than white women. There are many factors
that lead to the increased morbidity for black women. Lack of access to quality
healthcare. Medical professionals uninformed
about the specific issues black women face. And the institutional
racism spread throughout the healthcare industry. Understanding morbidity and how
it affects black women in particular can
help us seek out answers and healthier choices. We are the ones who have to take
control of our health, and find the balance
in our lives between our reality and our dreams.

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