“Tere and Kennasha informed me about the huge difference in birth outcomes for Black women compared to white women when I met them two years ago,” Elaine informed POPSUGAR. “We talked about how important it is for pregnant women to see birth stories of people who look like them, so they feel empowered to give birth. We also talked about how few birth stories depict Black families.”
Now, Elaine works with the midwives at My Sister’s Keeper recurrently. “I immediately knew that I wanted to work with them. I wanted to do whatever I could to help tell these families’ stories in order to bring awareness to this growing issue of maternal mortality in America for Black women and babies,” defined Elaine. “I can’t even count the amount of times people have told me they had no idea this was even an issue. Many of them want to know why more people aren’t talking about it.”
To unfold consciousness about some of the obstacles expectant Black ladies are up in opposition to, Elaine shared an informative post on Facebook alongside some of her gorgeous delivery pictures.
“Black History Month is upon us. For many of us, this month means the celebration of Black Americans in our past who fought for the freedom and equal rights of all people but especially people of color,” she captioned the pictures. “Unfortunately, while many of us celebrate this month with good intentions, we too often only use this time to affirm ourselves and our culture and how far we have come. I’m here to tell you that the tireless fight for equality and equity is far from over and this is painfully evident in the maternal and fetal mortality rates for Black women and their babies.”
“These women and their babies aren’t just statistics put out by the CDC, they are real people with real lives.”
She continued, noting that Black ladies have to have entry to extra care earlier than giving delivery, given the startling statistics. “Throughout the nation, Black ladies are more than four times as likely to die during childbirth than white ladies,” she stated. “They are also much more likely to experience birth-related complications and experience pre-term birth. Equal outcome is absolutely not a reality for Black women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.”
And whereas Elaine’s pictures definitely seize the emotional components of giving delivery, she willingly admits that the midwives are the ones who ought to actually be acknowledged. “Tere and Kennasha are the ones doing most of the hard work in caring for families day to day!” stated Elaine. “I have been attending births with them and photographing prenatal appointments. My goal with the photos is to help people understand that these women and their babies aren’t just statistics put out by the CDC, they are real people with real lives.”
Maintain studying to get a have a look at Elaine’s work, and go to My Sister’s Keeper’s GoFundMe web page if you would like to donate to its fundraiser for infant and maternal mortality.