Dealing with Postpartum Depression
Black maternal health is now a widely discussed topic among activists, medical professionals, and the black community. Its purpose is to use this week, now recognized by the White House as of April 13, 2021, to bring awareness to the ever-emerging conversation around Black women and access to health equity.
For many Black women, the pregnancy and birth experience is dampened by the hard truth that Black women are three times more likely to die than White women and have complications during pregnancy at a rate higher than most other races. Chances of you knowing someone suffering are high, unfortunately.
In honor of this week, the White House has released official statements regarding its involvement in declaring:
“On Wednesday April 13, 2022, during Black Maternal Health Week, Vice President Kamala Harris will convene meeting with Cabinet Secretaries and agency leaders to discuss the Administration’s whole-of-government approach to addressing maternal mortality and morbidity. The Vice President will convene leaders across the federal government – including agencies that may not have historically taken a leading role to address the maternal health crisis.”
This is the kind of support needed to end this crisis once and for all. Because this is a national issue, its impact will touch the places that deserve the most help. With leaders and government officials leading the cause, it encourages a more significant response from those who have the power to change things.
Those involved with Black Maternal Health Week address better outcomes for Black Women and their families by championing health initiatives providing aid that directly impacts the type of care Black women have access to. They also push for more policies and solutions to end maternal mortality and advocate for reproductive justice.
The best part of this week is the awareness that it provides because this is not something that should only be addressed in April but every month across the nation. Hopefully, this is only the start of the movement to save Black women and Black babies.