For Black women who are expecting a baby, pregnancy can be filled with the anxiety of knowing you will have to navigate a health care system plagued by racism. That racism affects the quality of medical care Black women and infants receive.
According to the most recent data from the California Department of Public Health, Black infants in California are three times more likely to die and 60% more likely to be born prematurely than white infants. Black mothers are three times more likely to die due to pregnancy or delivery complications than white mothers.
Darynee Blount is a certified professional midwife who owns Birth Roots Women’s Health and Maternity Center. They recently partnered with Project Concern International’s Healthy Start program to address the disparities pregnant Black women face. It was her own traumatic birthing experience that led her to do this work.
After becoming a midwife, Blount said that when she attended the births of Black women she noticed similar things to what she experienced while giving birth.
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