I didn’t feel educated. Senator Harris (D-Calif. ) hasn’t just spoken up about Black maternal health; she has helped introduce legislation to try to bring more equal treatment to Black women. (And re-introduced the Maternal CARE Act. “This historic package of bills that would tackle systemic health disparities by making much-needed investments in social determinants that influence maternal health outcomes, like housing, transportation and nutrition,” she wrote about the Black Maternal Momnibus for Essence in April. “It calls for more diversity in the perinatal workforce, so every mom is provided with inclusive care.
This bill also provides funding for digital tools to improve maternal health outcomes, no matter where you live. “We can’t let up the fight to address maternal mortality in America—especially right now,” she continued. "When we address both the systematic disparities and implicit bias in both our society and our health care system, we can get to the point where being Black and pregnant is full of joy and free from fear of preventable death.
Williams received excellent care, but she writes about how that is not the case for way too many Black women, in America and around the world. “When they have complications like mine, there are often no drugs, health facilities or doctors to save them,” she wrote. “If they don’t want to give birth at home, they have to travel great distances at the height of pregnancy.
But she has spoken out on the issue of Black maternal health concerning her own experience surrounding the birth of her and Jay-Z’s twins, Rumi and Sir. “I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth,” she said in her Netflix documentary, Homecoming. “I had high blood pressure.
From Beyoncé and Serena Williams to Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama. https://t.co/FKVGZZgD5G— Glamour (@glamourmag) August 19, 2020