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Pregnant While Black: Reshaping the Story of an American Tragedy
Tekijä: Monique Rainford
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Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.‘Pregnant While Black’ is a powerful book. As a black woman in medical school, I was already aware of some of the information presented in this book, but it was still staggering to know that in this day and age, we are still dealing with this. While this book tackles the disparities black women face, the author definitely had a hopeful tone and outlook, which is encouraging. This book should definitely be added to the medical school curriculum in this country, especially for those who are interested in entering the OB/GYN field. I will definitely be sharing this book with my medical school peers and to the black women in my life! ( )
Reviewed by Ellin Pollachek, PhD.
Racism is generally thought of in terms of discrimination in jobs and housing, health care and wages as well as in the criminal justice and educational systems. While all of this is true, Dr. Monique Rainford’s latest book Pregnant While Black points out the cumulative effect of how these racially biased systems contribute to, if not cause, the fact that “[b]lack women in America are three times more likely to die from pregnancy than if they were described as white.”
Rainford, Gynecologist and Obstetrician, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. In her well-documented book (of the 245 pages, 69 are Endnotes and Bibliography) she combines the personal with the statistical, all the while avoiding the blame game. Rainford sees the problems which affect pregnant black women as more holistic, recounting America’s racially compromised social system which results in the medical establishment’s inability to see their own prejudices and how this leads to the disproportionate number of deaths of pregnant black women, post-pregnant black women and their babies.
Born in America, Rainford’s parents wanted to spare her from both the implicit and explicit racism that is part of America’s social construct. They returned to where they were born and brought their 7 year old daughter with them and that is where Monique Rainford lived until it was time for college. She chose the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School for her education. It was, while studying at Harvard’s Medical School that she learned Jamaica had less infant mortality rates than black babies born in the USA.
The fact was startling given America’s state-of-the-art medical research and technology and Jamaica’s lack thereof. Rainford began her research as to how this could happen.
Not limiting herself to libraries, it was in her own life and that of her patients that she began to unravel the whats, whys and hows behind the high death rate of black pregnant women.
Rainford writes about the affects of epigenetics on black people. Epigenetics is the study of how behavior and environment affect the way genes are expressed without actually changing the genetic code. In other words:
the effects of slavery, Jim Crow, persistent economic barriers, continued mistreatment of Black people, based on a completely avariciously designed human notion that Black people are lesser human beings can affect a developing baby in the womb. If this baby is a girl, it further affects the baby girl’s developing eggs—the same eggs that can ultimately be mobilized for the conception of her own children. (p. 16)
The effects of racism are generational, passed on from family members who are long since dead. And those children then pass it on to their children.
The fact that Black women have a disproportionate amount of babies born at low birth weights which can later affect the physical and mental development is another result of America’s social construct. The fact that when a woman finds she can’t conceive and a doctor doesn’t suggest IVF treatment because the assumption is that a Black woman couldn’t afford the treatment is another one of America’s racist constructions.
The list goes on.
Dr. Rainford’s revelations are not all new but many are. The point is that whether new or old, it’s time that they are addressed and fixed.
Dr. Rainford’s book is jarring and important. When I think of the inequality of which she writes and the affect on mothers and their babies I wonder how many Charlie Parkers, Augusta Savages, Joshua Johnsons, Dorothy Vaughans and Aretha Franklins we have not had the chance to know because they didn’t live long enough to show the world what they were meant to accomplish.
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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."--
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