Serena Williams: "There are maternal health disparities against black women"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 4290
Serena Williams, in an exclusive interview on CBS News Streaming's Person to Person with Norah O'Donnell, she said she hasn't seen much change in maternal health care disparities against women of color. To Norah O'Donnel, Serena shared her story about her traumatic postpartum experiences.
The story she's referring to is what happened after she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Serena went public with the dismissive and ultimately dangerous care she received after her C-section. Serena suffered a pulmonary embolism after giving birth to her first child.
She mentioned her medical history of pulmonary embolism, so she knew what to do if she had symptoms. She shared her anger and fear of her when the nurses ignored her after warning them of her needs. Their contempt landed Williams in emergency surgery.
In the CBS interview, Serena said: "You know everyone has a birth story. People have started talking about how, unfortunately, Black moms don't get the same care. The 13-time Grand Slam winner continued, by saying: "I learned that some medical students were taught that race could determine a woman's level of care or need.
I was shocked. These students are taught that black women don't need treatment because they can handle so much more pain." Serena also talked about migraines and how the pain would be unbearable at times. She explained: "Nobody in the crowd or watching on TV understands anything, but this is a player and she has to play and she has to win."
Serena on Olympia
Throughout her career, Serena has been the undisputed star of the WTA Tour, but also the queen of investments, fashion and style.
Williams is very active in fashion. Former US star tnnis she has now has her own clothing line and dresses of hers. Also, earlier in an interview, she herself talked about her love for fashion. In an interview with Vogue while she was pregnant with Olympia, she said: "My feet are really in this.
For me, there was only one thing I connected to the way I've connected to tennis, and that's been fashion give me a garmen. I can tell you what the fabric is, how it's made, why something can or can't be done because of the draping, et cetera.
Who knows? Maybe I would have won more grand slams if I had been 100 percent tennis. Here she slips momentarily into a whisper: I should have 30 already!" This year, we can admired some amazing Serena's outfits, and not only on the courts, but especially during the events in which she took part.