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Black Birth Experience

benita mayo | Virginia, United States

A glimpse into daily responsibilities with her 18 month and 3 year old wanting her attention.

After learning about the dangers that Serena Williams and Beyonce Knowles faced during childbirth because of improper care, I became curious about the risks of pregnancy for a Black woman in the US.  The stories of Black women who do not have access, agency or resources often go untold.

Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women, according to the CDC. Equal outcome is not a reality for Black women during the birth experience. Lack of knowledge, access, agency, social support and systemic barriers are factors contributing to inequitable maternal health care. Access to community-led health programs such as community-doula collectives contribute to positive birth outcomes & experiences and improves the overall satisfaction with childbirth.

They offer care that provides culturally appropriate support to people in communities at risk of poor outcomes. They are usually trusted members of the community they serve who are particularly well-suited to address issues related to discrimination and disparities by bridging language and cultural gaps and serving as a health navigator or liaison between the client and service providers.

Benita Mayo Photography - benita18@msn.com 




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