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Serena Williams: ‘Doctors Aren’t Listening’ So Black Women Are Dying

 makes her return to skilled tennis on Thursday, six months after struggling and almost dying after giving delivery to her daughter, Olympia.

The tennis celebrity can also be talking up concerning the want for improved maternal health care, notably for black women.  

“Doctors , simply to be fairly frank,” she informed the BBC after a tennis exhibition in New York City on Monday, noting that black women are 3 times extra probably than white women to die throughout being pregnant or childbirth. “It may be time for women to be comfortable with having uncomfortable conversations.” 

Williams skilled a pulmonary embolism () after giving start by way of C-section. Because she had had blood clots earlier than, the athlete knew what signs to look out for and alerted her physician as to what was happening. Williams additionally knew which checks to request.

“I was in a really fortunate situation where I know my body well, and I am who I am, and I told the doctor: ‘I don’t feel right, something’s wrong.’ She immediately listened,” Williams advised BBC. “She was great. I had a wonderful, wonderful doctor. Unfortunately a lot of African-Americans and black people don’t have the same experience that I’ve had.”

There’s a variety of pre-judging, completely, that undoubtedly goes on. And it must be addressed.

Had the tennis celebrity not recognized her physique in addition to she did and advocated for docs to take heed to her, she won’t be right here as we speak. 

“Because of what I went through, it would be really difficult if I didn’t have the health care that I have ― and to imagine all the other women that do go through that without the same health care, without the same response, it’s upsetting,” she stated. “I think there’s a lot of pre-judging, absolutely, that definitely goes on. And it needs to be addressed.” 

Williams stated she is considering , regardless of the challenges she confronted when giving delivery to Olympia. 

“I definitely want two [kids], God willing,” she informed “Entertainment Tonight” earlier this week. “But right now, I want tennis as well. So, I’m going to wait and see what happens.”

Williams stated it’s “definitely not easy” to stability her profession and motherhood. 

“I have this undying drive to be the best that I can be,” she stated. “Whether it’s [being] a mom or playing tennis or doing my designing. I just want to do the best that I can.” 

Williams sits on the board of advisers to Oath, HuffPost’s mother or father firm.

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