"The notorious perils for men in America of 'driving while Black' are well known; the parallel dangers to women in America of driving through a successful pregnancy while Black are far less so. With passion, compassion, and expertise, Monique Rainford exposes and explains this critical disparity, while offering the crucial guidance required to overcome it."
Pregnant While Black
Advancing Justice for Maternal Health in America
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A tragedy is unfolding all around us and is receiving well overdue attention. Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy than their white peers. But Dr. Monique Rainford is working to better understand these disparities and do something about them.
Pregnant While Black is a hopeful exploration of the issues pregnant Black women face in America. Within these pages, Dr. Rainford draws on over twenty years of experience working in obstetrics and gynecology to offer a primer on Black pregnancies and how to better care for them. She shares the successes and testimonies of Black women who have struggled during pregnancy and childbirth, anchoring the stories of these women with carefully researched facts. Despite medical advances over the last twenty years, for black women, the overwhelming dangers of carrying and delivering children remain and it only seems to be getting worse.
In Pregnant While Black, Rainford begins the work of "repairing the damage of the past" with an examination of the conditions that plague Black pregnancies. This important book carries the hopes and dreams of a generation looking to effect change, here and now.