Black Maternal Health Week is underway and its shining light on the many struggles and complications that Black mothers face before, during, and after childbirth. 

According to the CDC, “Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women,” with healthcare disparities, implicit bias, underlying chronic conditions and structural racism all acting as factors that can contribute to such tragedies. 

This week is a crucial time to promote the proper advocacy of Black women’s maternal health by bringing light and education to expecting mothers and future mothers in order to improve the outcome of pregnancy-related deaths and complications. 

Over the last few years, many Black celebrity mothers have been pulling back the veil and opening up about their own experiences high-risk pregnancies and delivery room mishaps. While many of them have since been able to build their family and conceive with proper treatments and support, their stories speak to a larger need for moms-to-be to know the maternal warning signs and the need to improve the quality of prenatal and postpartum support for all.