(BlackPressRadio.net) – According to a new study released by George Mason University and published on CNN, Black babies are more likely to die than non-Black babies.
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Celebrity moms like Kenya Moore, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian and others experience life threatening complications during childbirth.
In the September 2018 issue of Vogue, Beyoncé divulged her experience with preeclampsia while pregnant with twins Rumi and Sir. The singer-songwriter spent a month on bed rest before undergoing an emergency C-section in June 2017. The babies spent weeks in the neonatal intensive care, and Beyoncé says she was in “survival mode” until their release.
‘RHOA’ Star Kenya Moore Revealed she was forced to deliver her baby, Brooklyn, early due to Preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is diagnosed by persistent high blood pressure that develops usually after the 20th week of pregnancy, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The rate of preeclampsia for African American women is 61 percent higher than it is for Caucasian women, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported in April 2017. When untreated, the disorder can be fatal to the mother and fetus, and the only cure is to deliver the baby before the due date.
After her daughter’s birth in 2017, tennis legend Serena Williams spoke out about her many postpartum complications. Williams experienced a traumatizing pulmonary embolism that forced her to undergo several surgeries after her initial C-section. The complications kept her in a hospital bed for a week after childbirth–and ruminating on the implications of her health issues for a lot longer than that.
Although harrowing, Williams’ story is far from unusual. The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world. In particular, the immediate postpartum period is considered especially high-risk, due in part to the widespread inaccessibility of adequate postpartum care for both psychological and physiological complications.