Aired: November 8, 2019

Giving Birth While Black

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Quianna Samuels, 633rd Medical Group Labor and Deliver registered nurse, holds Guinevere Grant, the newborn daughter of Petty Officer 1st Class Xavier Grant, Patrol Coast Squadron electrician mate assigned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Jan. 30, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Brooke Betit/Released)

  • Learning to Listen to Patients (17 min.)

    With: Dr. Rochanda Mitchell (University of Virginia Health Systems)

    Black people are three and a half times more likely to die in childbirth than white people. Even highly educated, wealthy African Americans are at a greater risk of complications than whites. To combat the disparity, Dr. Rochanda Mitchell promotes hiring more African American nurse educators and providing anti-bias training for medical professionals.

  • Social Justice Parenting (11 min.)

    With: Bellamy Shoffner

    Bellamy Shoffner was well aware of the frightening statistics when she gave birth to her sons. Shoffner is Founder and Editor of Hold The Line Magazine, about social justice motherhood.

  • Birthing Beautiful Communities (24 min.)

    With: Christin Farmer

    Although doulas have become more popular, they’re still expensive and often unavailable for high risk populations. Christin Farmer created Birthing Beautiful Communities, a non-profit that trains and provides doulas at no cost to African Americans in Cleveland, Ohio.


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