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Why America’s Black Mothers And Babies Are In A Life-Or-Death Crisis

By admin | April 16, 2018

NY Times Magazine Feature Article: ‘Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants’
Why America’s Black Mothers And Babies Are In A Life-Or-Death Crisis
The New York Times Magazine 
“‘The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America.’ When Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous at the same time in the spring of 2016, she recognized the signs of pregnancy. Her beloved grandmother died earlier that year, and Landrum felt a sense of divine order when her doctor confirmed on Muma’s birthday that she was carrying a girl. She decided she would name her daughter Harmony. ‘I pictured myself teaching my daughter to sing,’ says Landrum, now 23, who lives in New Orleans. ‘It was something I thought we could do together.’ But Landrum, who was the mother of two young sons, noticed something different about this pregnancy as it progressed. The trouble began with constant headaches and sensitivity to light; Landrum described the pain as ‘shocking.’ It would have been reasonable to guess that the crippling headaches had something to do with stress: Her relationship with her boyfriend, the baby’s father, had become increasingly contentious and eventually physically violent.”

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