I think at some point, all women talk about fearing childbirth because of the pain and the unknown. I fear it because based on stories that I’ve heard, because I am a Black woman I might not make it out alive.
Serena Williams said it, Beyoncé said it both SUCCESSFUL AND WEALTHY BLACK WOMEN said that they had issues in the delivery room because of complications. Was it because their doctor didn’t listen to them? Well that seems to be the running narrative.
Now This reported that Black women are 243% more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women. 243% TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY THREE PERCENT. Let that sink in.
Doctors are not listening to their patients. Especially if they are black women. Let’s leave the childbirth scenario aside, I can speak to the fact that doctors do not listen to their black female patients. On two occasions, I was in serious pain because of accidents. I was literally hit by a car and flew in the air and my doctors didn’t believe that I was in excruciating pain until I purposely starting yelling. More recently, earlier this year I cut myself with a knife and sliced my thumb open. When I went to urgent care to get the stitches, the doctor didn’t numb me enough and when I said it hurt he didn’t give me more numbing meds until I started crying and the nurse could see that I was in pain. WHY DON’T THEY LISTEN.
I love kids. I have 3 nieces and I love them to pieces. Anytime my friends has a baby I fall in love, I often talk about my future children, but I’m afraid of my life. I want to be able to give birth to my children and have a healthy pregnancy and be healthy and be able to live to raise my children.
Kira Johnson, the daughter-in-law of Judge Hatchett passed away after C-section. Please read her story here. I don’t know what will come of this tragedy, but I hope something is done in the future to protect ALL women.