Latched would like to help bring awareness to the increasing maternal mortality rates by sharing this compelling article, written by Co-Founder to Latched, Veronica Haywood, as she shares the story of our very own Ashley Green’s devastating postpartum experience.

Here’s an excerpt from the article…

Ashley Green, age 31, is a prime example of the challenge of pregnancy and maternal mortality risk. Her near-death postpartum experience followed her daughter’s birth on May 7, 2015. “It took me a long time to fully digest all that happened to me and to be able to speak about how traumatic of an experience it was,” said Green, a Texas Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant. She recalled that during her birth experience with her second daughter she recognized symptoms of postpartum eclampsia before her doctor acknowledged there was a problem.

Maternal Mortality is defined as the number of deaths from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management (excluding accidental or incidental causes) during pregnancy and childbirth or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, per 100,000 births. A 2016 joint report by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force found that black mothers accounted for 11.4% of Texas births in 2011 and 2012, but 28.8% of pregnancy-related deaths[2].

As a black woman, we are often told that you need to be strong and allow no one to see your weakness. You are the backbone of your family and troubles in your life should never be burdened with others. Why? When is it time to speak up? Are women to suffer alone in silence?

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