Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth

1st Edition

Julia Oparah, Alicia Bonaparte

Routledge
Published December 22, 2015
Textbook - 234 Pages - 8 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781138191457 - CAT# Y226705

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Summary

There is a global crisis in maternal health care for black women. In the United States, black women are over three times more likely to perish from pregnancy-related complications than white women; their babies are half as likely to survive the first year. Many black women experience policing, coercion, and disempowerment during pregnancy and childbirth and are disconnected from alternative birthing traditions. This book places black women's voices at the center of the debate on what should be done to fix the broken maternity system and foregrounds black women's agency in the emerging birth justice movement. Mixing scholarly, activist, and personal perspectives, the book shows readers how they too can change lives, one birth at a time.

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