The Power of a Black Woman’s Birth Plan

Making decisions about my prenatal care, on my own terms, allowed me to have the experience I wanted

Credit: Kate Mitchell/Getty Images

“Have you made a birth plan? Have you decided where you will give birth and who you will want in the room?” The thought that these were decisions I could make was a novel idea to me.

Hospitals with policies and training that focus on improving maternal care overall see fewer Black mothers dying during and after childbirth.

Writer and editor whose interests focus on the intersections of parenting, health, and race. Find me at and on Twitter @kellygwriter.

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