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Black women nationwide are facing a maternal health crisis, facing everything from a lack of treatment to struggling to find sperm donors and even, in tragic cases, losing their lives.
In Health, Hope & Happiness – The Black Women Experience, FOX 5 NY looks at a few of those stories, from black women who have gone through so much to become mothers, to black women who have decided to eschew motherhood altogether.
For Gessie Thompson and her husband, Marc, the journey to parenthood was painful, as uterine fibroids, a condition that disproportionately affects black women, caused Gessie to struggle with infertility.
FOX 5 NY spoke with doctors about the treatment of fibroids and other inequalities in health outcomes for black women.
Black men account for less than 2% of sperm donors at Cryobanks across the nation. FOX 5 NY takes a look at the reasons for the shortage, and the steps being taken across the world to attract donors of color.
According to data from the federal government, the maternal mortality rate for black women was more than 2.5 times the rate for white women in 2021.
FOX 5 NY spoke with Omari Maynard, an artist who has begun creating paintings in tribute to his former partner, Shamony Gibson, who died two weeks after giving birth by C-section in 2019. In the aftermath of Gibson’s death, Maynard created The ARIAH Foundation, which works to educate, support, and advocate for Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), who have been impacted by racism in the reproductive healthcare system.
As more and more women forgo having children, the concept of the ‘Rich Auntie’ has emerged, as women choose to eschew having traditional families to find sources of joy that don’t involve building a family.
FOX 5 NY speaks with the women who are helping normalize the “childfree” lifestyle.
To Find Out More About the People and Organizations in the Stories Above, Visit These Links:
FERTILITY FACTOR – Story by Tashanea Whitlow
Dr. Jessica Opoku- Anane – Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Dr. Tia Jackson- Bey – Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York
Coach Gessie Thompson – The Detox Now
DONOR DILEMMA – Story By Antwan Lewis
California Cryobank- New York
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
MATERNAL MORTALITY – Story by Dan Bowens
The Ariah Foundation
Healthfirst Insurance Company
RICH AUNTIE LIFESTYLE – Story by Christal Young
Therapy Resources: https://thelovelandfoundation.org/
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