A Discussion About Racism And Black Women’s Healthcare In East Texas
As We Prepare To Celebrate Mother's Day, We Need To Have An Important Discussion On How Black Women Are Treated In Healthcare.
According to the Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), statistics about Black women and infants are very alarming:
- In the USA, Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women.
- The USA has the highest maternal mortality rate amongst developed countries.
- In TEXAS, Black women were twice as likely as white women, and four times as likely as Hispanic women, to die from pregnancy and childbirth.
- Black women have a 70% increased risk for severe maternal morbidity.
There's a myriad of reasons for this according to The Texas Tribune:
It’s a combination of diminished health care access, systemic racism, and the impact of “social determinants of health” — the conditions in which someone is born, lives, works and grows up.
Bianca Dickerson Williams Knows This First Hand.
Williams an L.A. mother and attorney who suffered catastrophic life-altering injuries at UCLA Medical Center during the delivery of her second child, began speaking out about her experience. She created a YouTube video sharing her story.
She traveled to Washington, DC to tell her story on Capitol Hill and is suing the hospital. Bianca is now discussing the role of racism in health care and the lack of understanding that all women of color, regardless of their socioeconomic status, are at risk of abuse and mistreatment in the delivery room.
Melz On The MIC Recently Spoke To Williams About Her Experience And Discussed Possible Solutions.
For details and to keep in touch with Williams, follow her on Instagram.