By Bethel Biru April 18, 2018 Fiona Legesse/The Cougar The United States is home to one of the highest mortality rates for mothers in the developed world. Despite the fact that the United States spends an estimated $98 billion per year on hospitalization for pregnant women during pregnancy and childbirth — twice as much as any other country in the world — its MMR has more than doubled in the past 23 years, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights. A country that claims to be one of the most powerful and influential forces in the world can’t even take the necessary steps to protect its new mothers. Every year in the United States, almost 1,200 women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications, and another 60,000 have near-fatal complications. And black mothers have lower chances of surviving after giving birth than any other race in the United States. This has to change. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black … [Read more...] about Too many black mothers are dying in Texas
The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America. By LINDA VILLAROSAAPRIL 11, 2018 When Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous at the same time in the spring of 2016, she recognized the signs of pregnancy. Her beloved grandmother died earlier that year, and Landrum felt a sense of divine order when her doctor confirmed on Muma’s birthday that she was carrying a girl. She decided she would name her daughter Harmony. “I pictured myself teaching my daughter to sing,” says Landrum, now 23, who lives in New Orleans. “It was something I thought we could do together.”But Landrum, who was the mother of two young sons, noticed something different about this pregnancy as it progressed. The trouble began with constant headaches and sensitivity to light; Landrum described the pain as “shocking.” It would have been reasonable to guess that the crippling … [Read more...] about Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis
Some parents may believe that it is never too early to teach your children about racism, considering what is in media or even on the streets. However, for Amber Pabon she believes it is too soon for her son. The mother was shocked when her eight-year-old, who attends Hunter Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina, came home from school with a two-sided sheet about white privilege. ABC11 reports, “On one side, it discusses white representation in government, the military, media, and education. On the other, it lists examples of white privilege in society.” See below: The mother said, “I think the message itself is inappropriate because yes there is racism out here, and they need to learn about it. But let the parents do that. Because like I said, if she’s teaching him the way she knows, it could be completely different from the way I know. And me being part of the Black community, I know different from how the white community … [Read more...] about Black Mother Outraged That Her Son Was Being Taught About White Privilege In School
You, Me And Them: Experiencing Discrimination In America How Racism May Cause Black Mothers To Suffer The Death Of Their Infants Listen · 7:02 7:02 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/570777510/572195789" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Samantha Pierce of Cleveland has a 7-year-old daughter, Camryn. In 2009, Pierce gave premature birth to twins. The babies did not survive. Scientists say black women lead more stressful lives, which makes them more likely to give birth prematurely and puts their babies at risk of dying. Dustin Franz for NPR hide caption toggle caption Dustin Franz for NPR Samantha Pierce of Cleveland has a 7-year-old daughter, Camryn. In 2009, Pierce gave premature birth to twins. The babies did not survive. Scientists say … [Read more...] about How Racism May Cause Black Mothers To Suffer The Death Of Their Infants
Clay Cane is a television commentator and the author of "Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God, and Race." Follow him on Twitter @claycane. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. (CNN)Whenever we talk about guns in America, the card-carrying members of the National Rifle Association are always the mouthpieces, equating being a gun owner with American hyper-patriotism. The historian Richard Hofstadter described the concept of "gun culture" -- guns viewed by many as part of America's heritage: "an ingredient in the American imagination." Clay Cane But there is another culture of guns that has nothing to do with patriotism or distorted views of constitutional rights. I grew up in the 1990s in West Philadelphia, a rough section of one of the most violent cities in the country at the time. I have seen as much gun violence in my life as anyone "celebrating the association of guns" in America. I heard shots outside my bedroom window, I … [Read more...] about What does Dana Loesch know about ‘grieving black mothers in Chicago’?