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    Jessica Colarossi

    Jessica Colarossi is a science writer for The Brink. She graduated with a BS in journalism from Emerson College in 2016, with focuses on environmental studies and publishing. While a student, she interned at ThinkProgress in Washington, D.C., where she wrote over 30 stories, most of them relating to climate change, coral reefs, and women’s health. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Why Black Women Face More Health Risks Before, During, and After Pregnancy

  1. This article was poorly written. There were several serious inconsistencies present throughout this article. Firstly, this article opened with Serena Williams, the epitome of black female privilege and health – a wealth, world-renowned athlete, who detailed her experienced of having a HEALTHY baby and yet, she herself almost died BECAUSE her healthcare team did not listen to her; not because she herself was unhealthy. Secondly, the article then takes a different turn and discusses the “seemingly” majority of unhealthy black women who seem determined to have unhealthy children. While negative birth outcomes are associated with lower social and economic status, it happens that black women are more severely disadvantaged to due structural and historical injustices and factors and not because they are somehow inherently unhealthy. Furthermore, the photo was misleading. Although Dr. Adegoke was mentioned, the article spent more time talking about Dr. Lois McCloskey. This was deceptive way of drawing in the reader to think that a black women was doing the work for other women of color when in fact, the article really championed a white woman. While the work Dr. McCloskey is doing is important, you could have just started with that.

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