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“A river of blood:” A mother describes her near death's experience in the delivery room

MOTHERS-MATTER She saw that her daughter was ghostly pale during her birth. her lips were purple. Ayanna Smith gave birth…


She saw that her daughter was ghostly pale during her birth. her lips were purple.

Ayanna Smith gave birth to her third son at 1:05 on New Year’s Day. Little did she know that one of her happiest moments would be one of her scary. “Shortly after he came out, I remember feeling extremely dizzy,” Smith said. “It became extremely bright and I saw stars everywhere. I just remembered them to place him on me. I just told them,” I can not move. I could not move anything. “”
Her mother, Sandra Smith, reminded the horror of looking from the delivery room. “You went from this euphoria and saw the little person come out,” she said. “So suddenly you just see a river of blood.”

Sandra Smith watched the doctors remove his grandson from his mother’s arms. She saw that her daughter became spooky pale; her lips were purple. It was the moment she realized that the delivery was sharp. An acute blood transfusion helped save Ayana’s life. Ayanna is not alone. Ayanna Smith is one of 50,000 women each year who almost dies as a result of childbirth. It’s a mom every 1

0 minutes in the United States.

The causes of most emergencies near death are preventable. But the risk of complications is much greater for black women. “If you are black and highly educated, you still have a higher likelihood of pregnancy-related death than the least educated white woman,” says Dr. William Callaghan, Head of the Parental and Infant Health Department at the Centers for Disease Control. “It’s surprising. The only difference is the color of a skin.”

Ayanna thought her medical team believed she would be like everyone else and missed the warning signs of her condition. “If they had checked the charts or if I had one consistent doctor, if this was a way for them to notice that this was a matter [my] – be careful about this, pay attention to it, they would have been more prepared when I came across that I had to solve the problem after that it’s already happening, “she said.
Some medical experts do not agree that racism should be blamed. “We have a large African-American population of patients, and I have no doubt we give them exactly the same care as anyone else,” said Dr. Sujatha Reddy, a specialist on women’s health.
Some 800 mothers a year do not survive childbirth. Kira Johnson was one of them. She died of bleeding 12 hours after giving birth to her second son. “When it happened to me – when my wife walked away from a preventable cause of childbirth, I thought Kira was an anomaly,” says Charles Johnson, Kiras man.

The couple had their first child, baby Charles, about a year before their spontaneous wedding in Mexico. (Photo: Courtesy of Family)
During the two years since Kira’s death, Charles has learned the tragic truth. “In a nation that is the richest and richest country in the world, for this to happen is ridiculous,” he said. Losing a dream Ariana survived childbirth, but lost something else in the delivery room. She always dreamed of a girl with a girl. “She and her husband decided no, they do not come because of what happened afterwards. It broke me because I know my daughter wants a daughter and she will not go through it because of this … that is not fair, says Ayanna Mother Sandra. “I do not want to try again,” Ayanna said. “I think it affects my husband a lot more, because I do not think he wants to see me again. have a girl I do not know if we review that experience again. “Fighting for changeApril 12 is Kira and Charles Johnson’s youngest son’s birthday. It will also remember the day Kira died. Men know he has to tell his sons how Mom However, “I anticipate that after the conversation, we will ask my sons, Dad, what did you do?” It’s important for me to see them in the eye and say, “Son, you know we lost but they did not win. This is the work we have done. This is the legacy of your mother. That’s why other people do not have to worry about what we’ve been through. And that’s what matters to me. “To make a change, Charles has used the Royal Year to pass Congress to send two bills: HR1318 and MOMS Act.
HR 1318 heads the Health and Human Institution to establish programs for examining pregnancy-related deaths in each state that called Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRC).
These groups search for answers about what caused a mother’s death. They also investigate what had prevented her from dying. This information helps to create action plans seeking solutions to stop from happening to another mother. During HR 1318, states needed to develop procedures for mandatory reporting to healthcare departments. “We can review every single death and make sure every woman’s death counts and there is a lesson on how to improve quality” , says Dr. William Callaghan. “We will be able to understand where things went wrong in her care.” Mom’s Act is a proposed bill that would help states and hospitals to finance programs aimed at reducing pregnancy-related deaths.
Kira’s grandson, Judge Glenda Hatchett from the reality television server, said she is proud of the work her son does. “I know that the pretense that Charles does will save lives,” she said. “It will make a difference – there will be other families who do not know the pain we have known, it does not need to explain to a child that his mother never comes home, must explain when you say” I want to go to heaven because I want to see my mom. “It’s … no family should go through this.” At the moment, both bipartis bills appear to have been on Capitol Hill. Charles Johnson said he will not stop fighting. “My philosophy is awake, Mommy proudly, repeating. That’s all.” And so I do it day by day, “he said. Here’s a link to help you find your congress members if you want to come out to them about the banknotes. * PREVIOUS CHAPTER: Why birth is a death sentence for many black moms ►NEXT CHAPTER: American mothers die in birth. What can you do with that? Mother’s Material: See All Series © 2018 WXIA

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