Serena Williams Shares Her Harrowing Childbirth Story | NBC Nightly News

in a revealing cover story in Vogue magazine tennis great Serena Williams with baby alexis Olympia shares her harrowing ordeal she says holding her baby the first time was an amazing feeling but the next day everything went bad Serena had trouble breathing she knew it was a sign of blood clots she had suffered before so she guided her doctors on how to save her life just this idea that somebody like her could experience such a severe complication is I think really upsetting to many people and will bring more attention to this issue every year 50,000 women suffer complications during pregnancy 700 die black women are three to four times more likely than white women in part because of higher risk factors diabetes obesity and high blood pressure today Serena posted on Facebook I hope my story can inspire a conversation that gets us to close this gap 31 year old Tanisha died giving birth to her second child when her heart stopped after a c-section I'm broken inside I'm broken knowing that his mom loved him and she's not here for me it's unacceptable doctors say Serena's story is a cautionary tale so the point being know your body she knew what was wrong she kept going at it and I think that's a really important thing that we all play a role in advocating for ourselves and within the healthcare system tonight Serena Williams who raised the game for women in tennis now hopes to raise the standard of care during one of life's best moments Rehema Ellis NBC News New York hey NBC News fans thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching

2 Replies to “Serena Williams Shares Her Harrowing Childbirth Story | NBC Nightly News”

  1. i am Tanesia's younger sister, and it just hurts me that she had to leave so soon. i find it crazy how black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. And its sad how my sister couldn't come back home with her child. i just miss her so much, and i hope this problem gets solved.

  2. I obviously really really like Serena. But millions and millions of woman have horrible events after they give birth . I personally was exposed to completely phsychotic anddangerous behaviour from my then husband and his family when I was pregnant and after I had my daughter and years after even if I filed for divorce when my daughter was 17 months old . It’s supposed to be a fantastic experience to have a baby and it should be . If your health is ignored and you in any way is put in danger or your life threatened or your baby threathened contact your family and have them help you . If that is not an option get the police and the state to help you . Woman are treated so badly here in the states including pregnant women and new moms and if I have a baby again I am going to have it back in Scandinavia where I am from and simply go there at before the baby is due and stay there because what you offer pregnant woman and new moms here in the states is horrible and dangerous

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