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Black Woman Claims Labor Nurse Told Her To ‘Shut Up’ While Experiencing Childbirth Pain And Accused Her Of Being On Drugs

Regularly, Black women come out and share their experiences of medical bias and racism. Now, model and actress Mary Katherine has come forward with her own horror story.

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 11, 2022

How Serena Williams 'Saved Her Own Life' After A Near Death Experience During Childbirth

In an op-ed for Elle Magazine, Serena Williams opens up about her medical struggles while giving birth to her now four-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. As a world-class athlete, Williams has experienced a fair share of trials and tribulations, but giving birth would prove to be one of her most challenging. “Giving birth to my baby, it turned out, was a test for how loud and how often I would have to call out before I was finally heard,” Williams wrote. Initially, Serena Williams’ pregnancy journey was “wonderful” and she enjoyed the time for the most part, but then it became time to welcome Alexis into the world. Williams was not yet on epidural and she relied on her breath and the techniques she had acquired through birth training. With each contraction, the baby’s heart rate would swiftly decrease and Williams would have to turn on her side to restore it to normalcy. As contractions increased Williams was notified by doctors that she would be having a C-Section because...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 7, 2022