Posted by Chiquita Reid RN, MSN
As women prepare for birth, we spend time readying the nursery, gathering clothes, and hiring decorators for a baby shower. Over the years working with women and children, I was amazed that little time was spent on actually preparing for the birth. There is a mental, spiritual, and emotional component of laboring that is often underrated and misunderstood. Our ability to birth babies authentically has been interrupted by medical procedures, interventions, and technology. Inadvertently, by doing so we have separated our minds and bodies. Unfortunately for black women, birth preparation has to be strategically different and well thought out as opposed to other races. Minority women die more during childbirth, deliver more pre-term and low birth weight babies. and also have more cesarean births. Black women are also at a higher risk for preeclampsia and experience increased long term effects from gestational diabetes. Armed with this information, I began to ponder, how can we shed more light and bring more awareness to those in position to do something about it? This is certainly not limited to a social or political issue, it is a public health crisis and our responsibility to ensure women of color are receiving quality healthcare.