REPORT: Serena Williams childbirth complications highlight how healthcare practitioners often ignore Black women

January 12, 2018
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January 12, 2018 Beverly Bond

In a recent VOGUE interview tennis star Serena Williams revealed that she almost died during child-birth due to her doctor dismissing her complaints of severe pain. Unfortunately, her story highlights a common experience for many pregnant Black women, who are reportedly dying at a rate more than triple that of white mothers. Recently ProPublica and NPR collaborated to do an in-depth report on maternal mortality and found that most of these deaths are overwhelmingly preventable, but that discrimination and racism played a major role in the kind of medical care, or lack thereof, that they received. And as a result, Black women continue to remain the most likely group to die from their pregnancies than any other racial group.