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Racism At Play? Serena Williams Nearly Dies After Childbirth

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Serena and Baby Alexis cover Vogue. Photo: Vogue

Everyone is talking about the new Vogue cover story that details Serena Williams’ six-day ordeal after giving birth to baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Williams had a c-section and afterward felt short of breath. The tennis star assumed her continued issues with blood clotting were at play. She told her nurse about her thoughts and her nurse thought the pain medications were “making her confused” in her thoughts.

But “Dr. Williams” was right. She needed a heparin drip to help dissolve the pulmonary embolism in her lungs. She wound up having three surgeries to correct the issues and when she finally got home to be with baby, was too exhausted to do anything but stay in bed. The ordeal sounds horrific. It also sounds like Williams, because she knows her body very well, was able to articulate what she needed and push for what she needed even though she initially wasn’t believed.

Vogue’s cover story on Serena Williams and her birth story.

 

What does this mean for mothers who are about to give birth or just a few days beyond labor? It means that you are your best advocate. If the world’s greatest tennis star -who is in great health and has the money to pay for the best doctors – has to remind hospital staff how to take care of her how much more important is it for the rest of us to speak up when something is wrong?

Doctors and nurses are certainly the experts. But if you suspect something is not right, you absolutely have to speak up. In the United States, black women are three to four more times likely to die after childbirth than any other race.  Also, generally speaking, women in  the United States are more likely to die from childbirth- or pregnancy-related causes than other women in the developed world. Half of those deaths could be preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To be clear, the excessive rate that affects black women in the U.S. is not new. It’s been known about for decades but is making headlines right now.

NPR, the LA Times and Pro Publica have written extensively on this newest incarnation of this old epidemic.

But back to Williams. Here’s how the Twitterverse responded to the story.

 

 

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It’s more important than ever to be your own advocate, and to show your partner and friends these stories so that they can advocate for you if you cannot. Mamas are selfless and put everyone else first but us. But these stories are worth contemplating when it comes time to remember that we all have to fight as hard for ourselves as we fight for our babies.

 

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Working Mom Or Stay-At-Home Mom: A 2016 Snapshot Of Our Habits

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Digital Goddesses

Guess what? Both stay-at-home moms and moms who work outside the home use the hell out of their digital devices and spend a lot of time on social media and watching streamed television shows and movies.

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Halle Berry Blasted For Not Posting Kids’ Photos Online

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Revlon Global Brand Ambassador Halle Berry attends Revlon's Annual Philanthropic Luncheon in support of the Revlon Women's Health Mission and to honor the achievements of Dr. Dennis Slamon at the Chateau Marmont on September 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Revlon)
Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Revlon)

Recently Halle Berry was criticized for NOT showing her kids’ full faces on Instagram. After posting a photo of their faces cropped out, one follower questioned her and implied that she was possibly “ashamed” of her children.  The critic asked, “What’s with the hiding of the faces? They’re beautiful children why not show them off?”

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Awesome Idea: Car Seat Dividers For Triplets

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carseat dividers
Courtesy of Jake White

If you have one or more children in your backseat, chances are you are too familiar with this scene. Spats, fighting, crying, debates about who is touching whom, or who is looking at whom. Back seat wars that will drive the sanest mom crazy! This dad figured out a brilliant way to separate his triplets and restore the peace. Who’d ever think that car seat dividers would be the answer to this old-age problem? This genius solution is funny and brilliant at the same time!

For more on this story posted on Today, please click here.

 

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