1. Educate yourself - Learn about what is and isn’t normal during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. As a black woman we are conditioned early on to “be strong”. This can lead to women overlooking serious symptoms as “just part of the process” be vigilant and do your research.
2. Be honest with your midwife - It is your midwifes job to guide you through any concerns or questions you may have during your pregnancy. Don’t be scared to ask questions and don’t discount anything as a “silly question”.
3. Ask your midwife about any conditions that are prevalent in black women so should anything arise you know what to look out for. These being - preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm labour, hypertension, fibroids etc.
4.Explore other forms of prenatal care such as doulas, mother and baby groups, independent midwives, health advocates etc.