How To Create A Birth Plan During Uncertain Times

Changes at doctor’s offices and hospitals are forcing Black moms-to-be to seek alternative ways to welcome their newborns

A photo of a pregnant black woman sitting outside on a bench, closing her eyes with a contemplative expression.
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For expectant Black families this new health crisis is layered on top of an older one.

“I’m excited for my body to take over from my mind. I can just imagine when the baby’s in my arms, and the only thing I’m responsible to do is sleep and feed the baby.”

McClain is the author of We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. She is a Type Media Center fellow and a contributing writer at The Nation.

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