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'Will I die?' Coverage of maternal deaths among Black women cause fear

Updated: May 13, 2022

"Earlier this year, Black health care providers penned an open letter to Black birthing people acknowledging that America's racist past casts a long shadow over the pregnancy experience. They called out “Black birth trauma porn” as a major contributing factor to the heightened fear around birth. “We write this letter as an expression of love, because we see you, we hear you, we know you are scared,” they wrote.

Trauma porn here is the fixation with Black birthing tragedies, often portrayed in devastating detail by the press. “Why America’s Black mothers...

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