“Being heard and appropriately treated was the difference between life or death for me”
This is what Serena Williams said about her birth experience that almost cost her life, highlighting what could have happened had she not been a famous professional athlete.
Let’s look at the inequalities Black women face during pregnancy and motherhood:
➡Black mothers are 5 times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth.
➡43% more likely to suffer baby loss
➡13% more likely to suffer postnatal depression and anxiety
If that isn’t bad enough. Black women are less likely to
➡ Seek support
➡ Be offered support
Every mother deserves adequate maternity care regardless of the colour of their skin or heritage.