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💔 REGRAM @crimson_fig BLACK WOMEN ARE STILL DYING IN AND CLOSE TO CHILDBIRTH IN THE UNITED STATES .
When death happens within the first year (especially within the first 6 months) of giving birth for either the mother or the baby, the death certificate specifically notes this! It's because there is usually a correlation between the death and the birth- more specifically the care received immediately after the birth. .
Can we even imagine the amount of stress that Erica was under??!!?? I had to sit quietly with the information about her first heart attack after her birth, because the midwife in me, the activist in me, wanted to scream!!! I wanted to figure out how we could support her and her family then... To read a few days ago that she had suffered another heart attack so soon after birthing, so soon after her last heart attack after her birth... how much more could her heart & body take?!? 💔 .
This family has endured more than we could ever imagine. When I think of Erica Garner I think of Mamie Till and it guts me... we are not being dramatic, we are not exaggerating. PLEASE LISTEN TO BLACK WOMEN WE ARE DYING OUR BABIES ARE DYING. .
From @for.harriet - The New York Daily News reports that Erica Garner, 27, has been declared brain dead and her family has been told she will not recover. Garner suffered a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve. While in cardiac arrest, her brain was deprived of oxygen, resulting in major brain damage. Garner has two children, one of whom is an infant born in August. Our thoughts are with the family.