Giving Birth is no easy task. I’ve never done it and to be honest because of all the births I’ve witnessed I’ve become quite comfortable with the idea of adoption, however that’s another blog for another day. Despite the challenges and strength it takes to give birth it truly is a beautiful experience yet many women come close to almost dying due to complications and lack of appropriate care. In a letter published on the CNN website Serena Williams admits that she faced similar challenges that almost lead to her death.
(CNN)I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia.
Yet I consider myself fortunate.
While I had a pretty easy pregnancy, my daughter was born by emergency C-section after her heart rate dropped dramatically during contractions. The surgery went smoothly. Before I knew it, Olympia was in my arms. It was the most amazing feeling I've ever experienced in my life. But what followed just 24 hours after giving birth were six days of uncertainty.
It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot. Because of my medical history with this problem, I live in fear of this situation. So, when I fell short of breath, I didn't wait a second to alert the nurses.
Serena also goes on to say…
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women in the United States are over three times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes. But this is not just a challenge in the United States. Around the world, thousands of women struggle to give birth in the poorest countries. When they have complications like mine, there are often no drugs, health facilities or doctors to save them.