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Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans’ lives short, according to researchers who. MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News)—More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol—the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans’ lives short, according to researchers who analyzed 2014 data. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans’ lives.

More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans’ lives short, according to researchers who analyzed 2014 data. “Modifiable behavioral risk factors pose a substantial mortality. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans’ lives. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol—the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans’ lives short, according to researchers who.

Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol ­— the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans’ lives. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans’ lives short, according to researchers who analyzed 2014 data. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans’ lives short, according to researchers who.

34 percent of premature deaths from heart diseases, prolonging about 92,000 lives 21 percent of premature cancer deaths, prolonging about 84,500 lives 39 percent of premature deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases, prolonging about 29,000 lives 33 percent of premature stroke deaths, prolonging about 17,000 lives.

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  • keep people broke and uneducated and worked to death and stressed and throw in a mcdonalds on every corner and presto!!!!! you have a society of obese bodies. Its not rocket science folks. Health care and pharmaceutical companies make out like bandits.

  • Processed food is literally designed to be addictive because the food industry only cares about sales and profits, not health, we are constantly bomarded with ads and temptations. On top of that, the crappiest foods are the cheapest and most subsidized, so the poor are suffering the most. A box of ramen noodles or mac and cheese cost very little dollar wise, but it’s costing billions in sickness and suffering. Dried grains, legumes, common fruits and veggies and other staples are cheap,and far healthier…. when people have access. Inner cities are food deserts where chips and junk can be had but little else. Stop blaming people for being weak when it’s our system that is killing people.

  • Processed high density food caused. Period the end. Genetics we have now we’ve always had. Anyone, who is partaking of the standard american diet is going to be at risk of obesity. going from obese to having a six pack and very athletic VO2 max now 58, i can say the genetic bit is a bullshit cop out. It doesn’t take a scientist to know humans weren’t meant to eat the crap that we have devised and now call food. Good food comes from God straight from the ground, not from a plastic package with genetically modified sugar infused oil soaked contents.

  • Documentaries like these are not made anymore, the body positivity and fat acceptance are so much welcome because of corporations are getting richer and richer, manipulating and exploiting people’s ignorance

  • That states INSIST on repeating C-sections and dissallowing vaginal births, makes them complicit. My granddaughter was pushed back in from crowning because the doctor had already called the surgical staff. She could have died the baby could have died.


  • The cheapest easiest diet is intermittent Fasting. I just fasted 46 hrs and am not hungry but ate because I have plan for week. Blood sugar flat at normal level for 42 hrs of that insulin free. Down 42 lbs in 6 weeks. Sugar Bad, carbs not necessary fat ok. Read Dr Fung changed my life. Food Pyramid directly correlates to obesity.

  • A major way to improve maternal and infant mortality rates is to have more midwives and homebirths. Right now only 5% of women have a midwife attended homebirth. The countries with the best maternal and infant mortality rates, like the Netherlands, have 8090% of their births attended by midwives and homebirths are common. Women died in the past due to childbirth infection poor nutrition and sanitation. Hospitals and doctors never saved women in fact when women began birthing hospitals that’s when maternal and infant mortality rates began to rise. Read Birth:The Surprising History of how we are born By Tina Cassidy. OB/Gyns and media are to blame for instilling fear in women. Fear in labor and birth will slow labor increasing the need for medical intervention. Read Childbirth Without Fear by Dick Grantly Read. Medical intervention causes complications to happen. One example Pitocin can cause stronger contractions thus causing the mother to need an epidural which can lead to more Pitocin. It can also cause fetal distress which can lead to a csection. Fetal monitoring cam also increase csection rates. This overmedicalization of birth is what is increasing mortality rates. It’s frustrating when everyone thinks medicalizaing birth even more will solve the problem it won’t. Demedicalization of birth will save lives. After millions of years of evolution women were designed to birth by themselves in their own familiar environment not in a hospital with a doctor and bright lights and bleeping machines. Numerous studies have continually proven that homebirths with a midwife are safe if not safer than a hospital birth. Midwives and doctors need to work together not against each other. States are now beginning to legalize certified professional midwives. Doctors should only be used for the rate but extreme medical emergencies not the majority of women. Books and films I suggest Male Pratice By Robert Mendelsohn,Pushed the painful truth about childbirth and modern maternity care by Jennifer Block. Ina Mays Gaskin’s guide to childbirth and Spiritual midwifery. Immaculate Deception by Suzanne Arms, Birthing from within by Pam Horwitz. The Business of Being Born and birth as we know it are two great films.

  • Ok I’m going to sound like the bad woman here, but could it possibly have anything to do with how unhealthy most Americans are to begin with?

  • 44:02: “You can’t freeze fiber”????? I was under the impression that flash frozen vegetables were 90% as nutritious as fresh vegetables and given the time delay of most fresh vegetables to the grocery shelf, you lose very little consuming frozen. Is this not the case?

  • I think it’s easy to solve the obese problems in the US. Just check the most Asian country with very low BMI index including Japan, China, Korea,… (Japan’s mean BMI is only 22.6) Check their life style including food, drink, environment,… And you will learn from it.

  • It is not poverty, it is knowledge (≠ education). In the past when whole society was less wealthy, obesity was not close as high in the current population! It was the RICH PEOPLE who have “PROPER DOUBLE CHINS”!

  • it simple to lose fat especially when your that over weight, and you don’t have to count calories or starve. stop eating sugars carbs starches, eat meats lean most of the time fatty once a week do this for a year cook in butter or lard never in vegetable or plant oils. is called a carnivore diet and it works effortlessly. you will have one problem, lose skin from the rapid fat loss.

  • But you don’t have to eat veg to lose weight.

    I eat chicken, brown bread and eggs through the day with 1 protein shake and 1 1/2 fat burner shakes

    1kg per week and going down

    Edit: and some canned tuna, very low cardio mostly weight lifting daily

  • Look at all these experts who are super fatties telling us about obesity. They make a great living out of their careers. Fakers. Hollow words from tubs of lard. Their degrees on a piece of paper are comical. Talk the talk but can’t walk the walk. Go shovel more Snickers down your necks before you show us your graphs and slides blubber guts.

  • solution: fast! Fat is literally an energy store to be used when your body doesn’t have access to food. I did IF and 2-day fastshelped me reduce my bodyfat % from 22 to 12 in 5 months

  • and today the obesity-“movement” is trying to “rolls” the world just look at the flat-fluencer on Instagram and society is expected to pay for every extra pound

  • lost 30 pounds since COVID pandemic. Won’t stop until I hit 170 pounds, I am at 188 right now. Keep ya head up kings and queens! lmao, people use to eat like how they ate in the beginning of the video because they go work in the fields, how many hours are these people spending in the field? that’s insane.

  • Large part of health problems are caused through STEALTH!
    We KNOW fructose is bad but it’s CHEAP.
    We shouldn’t have to have advanced degrees to eat healthy.
    We need food safety legislation.

  • 0:45 eat the garrison for a village in one sitting and then complaining, everything is hurting now. No shit Sherlock. What did you expect? Transformation into she hulk?

  • its the food not genes in the most cases…and bad paranting by giving that shit of food to your kids full of sugar and bad fats.its a little triggering that they talk bad about fat. ppl should know that fats in gerneral are not the problem (in a healthy dose) its sugar /carbs. the meat of a burger wouldnt be that much of a problem without the buns and the sugar bad fats sauce.

  • Cindy: “It’s not easy to take weight off. That’s Lipo-Suction, Patches, Pills, Fad Diets, Countin’ Carbs, Couintin’ Calories… I’ve tried it all!” HOW ABOUT SOME DAMN EXERCISE?!!! Get up and move your FAT ASS around! It’s HILARIOUS how they always say they’ve “TRIED EVERYTHING” and they magically just completely omit “EXERCISE.” Bull Crap, lady! ����

    Veggies and Exercise, woman…. Veggies and Exercise.

  • The best lecture ever, better than best, this man has so much knowledge that we should consider ourselves lucky to have listened to him, but it gets better, we can listen to this lecture again and again…

  • When someone does something that harms them or someone else and they don’t know that what they’re doing is harming them, they are Ignorant.
    But, once they have the knowledge that what they are doing is harmful and they continue to do it, they graduate from Ignorance to Stupidity.

  • As a mommy whom was close to death due to Preclampsia 2 years ago.. It’s scary to see this.. this means I was extremely lucky. I still have aftermath troubles and my child was a preemie so we still have everyday battles we face now.. the drs didn’t catch on fast enough. I told my mother something was wrong I was gaining 10lbs a day she came over and we called the on call dr at the hospital and he had said it was “normal” the next day I demanded to be seen and I got a female dr and she instantly checked my urine and sent me to the hospital. Women KNOW when something is off. It was my first born child and I still knew something wasn’t right. And Google was indeed my friend and savior because I typed my symptoms in and it pointed me to Preclampsia. I’m glad they are finally getting into these issues. By the time i have another I hope I can be more confident since the thought is so scary right now. I couldn’t risk dying a second time to give my child a loss of their mother… So scary..

  • The point of communication hits home for me, not with pregnancy, but other health issues where I had to really put my foot down to be taken seriously about symptoms. I can’t imagine the difficulty of trying to decipher what patients say aboyt their symptoms, but it’s clear we need to better the communication in health care! I sympathize with moms today. It sounds extra hard in all the ways!

  • Blame the mothers,they do the shopping and the so called cooking.Dad usually get home late because of overtime and a second job.I see it in my extended family and and in many households.Its on on the backs of selfish lazy mothers.

  • Stopped watching 1 minute in. It isn’t fast foods fault or advertisements fault you are fat. It is the governments shitty diet recommendation that is at fault. It encourages you to eat more grains and less red meat. That is the opposite of a healthy diet. Red meat, cheese, fat, butter, chicken, these things are healthy and natural. Grains and bread aren’t.

  • I started April 14th 2020 at 177.5lbs (5’ 6” 16yr female) and I’m down to 144.1. I’m not done; I have 14 more pounds to lose but I’m down 33lbs:)

  • Most of the obesity can be solved by eating wholesome low carb, high protein food coupled with intermittent fasting. It worked for me and other people that I know.

  • I hate fast food, mostly because i grew up as an Obese teen, now I’m 23 and I prefer cooking home.
    10€ for a meal in Germany…
    Dude, I can buy good food for at least 3 days. Including protein, carbs and Salads or veggies.
    It’s sad to know that even if we want, no one can do anything:(

  • “A black woman is 3 to 4 times more likely to die than a white woman”

    That… I dont think tells us anything. Let me explain: Let’s say, somehow, we know the exact cause. The exact cause is doctors and nurses ignore them based on race. The result is they are more likely to die in childbirth. Let’s say the reason is because doctors and nurses have a desire to kill black women because they aren’t part of the master race. You’ll see the same result. Let’s say it’s because black women are less comfortable because they perceive doctors and nurses as rich and powerful, meaning they feel like they are a lower status because of American history and modern jargon. You’ll see this result. Let’s say its random, some race has to have a higher death rate because of statistical variation. You will still get the same result.

    That’s the problem with statistics, you’re trying to derive the cause from the effect, thats like saying the answer to an equation is 10 then trying to figure out what the question was. Was it 5+5? 7+3? The derivative of 10x? It could be any of those or none could be right. We don’t know. But there will be people who swear it’s one of those and protest and yell when someone says, just as confidently, that anoit’s another.

    Sorry for the rant, I just see people saying things like this are “evidence that racism still exists in America” when it means nothing.

  • I’ve never weighed over 185lbs because I’m 5’5″ and my family has high standards for our looks and health. Even if we are sick, we look like models, it’s just a standard. Seeing other families that are not in the zone, it’s kinda like they just gave up on themselves and became slobs. Those people also tend to have ugly homes or hoarding because once they let their attractive looks go, everything else is looking bad too. Those are the impoverished families and neighborhoods, but in other areas of town the living standards are higher. Plus they get diabetes and become more poor from hospital bills so it snowballs.

  • I call BS on the “genetics” cause obesity. Did people get obese genes in the 80s or is that the time the food makers started tinkering with sugar and salt to make them as addictive as heroine.

  • 69% of the population overweight or obese. Literally fucking grotesque. And the economics of food sales is at least 60% responsible.

  • Thanks for using your platform for this. As a black woman, who is often ignored by medical professionals when I say “I know something is wrong with me, my body is telling me so”, I knew most of this already, so I am so glad you’re making it more known so maybe something will be done. I also like the style of the video and that you kept yourself in the background to emphasise how serious it all it. You’re good people.

  • I’m 52, I’m 118 pounds…I cannot stand going to the Doctor and seeing my morbidly obese 250 pound medical assistant…ugh! Just knowing she’s going to weigh me irks my nerves! She’s 20…she tells me all the time “I wish I could look like YOU” �������� UGH…WTF? It takes all my strength not to jump her A**!

  • First 42 days? That’s completely insane to me. You’re at risk for a postpartum hemorrhage for the first 12 WEEKS postpartum, especially if you experienced one immediately postpartum. Are those women who die of PPH after 42 days just not counted at all?

  • First 42 days? That’s completely insane to me. You’re at risk for a postpartum hemorrhage for the first 12 WEEKS postpartum, especially if you experienced one immediately postpartum. Are those women who die of PPH after 42 days just not counted at all?

  • Great Video!!!! My two cents: if humanity wasn’t lied to from so many different directions (government (FDA), “health” lobbies, religious institutions, etc…) maybe, just maybe we wouldn’t be so f’ing depressed. Just a thought, humans don’t like being lied to for the sake of profit, power, or propaganda!!!!

  • I hope the nurse that tried to downplay Serena Williams’ concerns reflects on the fact that she could have been the reason Serena died had she continued to delay her medical care. Hopefully she’ll take future patients seriously.

  • Nearly half of childbirths are scheduled?! That seems crazy high to me. America is so messed up. We have to technologize everything. Just because we can intervene doesn’t mean we should. Surely inductions and surgeries should be limited to births with complications.

  • I value Dr Lustig, I recommend his analysis and presentations to everyone with whom I connect.

    However, I’m disappointed when he enters politics, he should at least cite evidence or provide constructive criticism for a comment like, “the Trump administration want’s to give everybody America’s harvest box”. Additionally, political conservatives do NOT want to nationalize health care, but do want to eliminate food subsides.

  • i haven’t watched the complete video but im wondering if the mothers blood type has anything to do with the complications and the deaths of the mothers

  • Marijuana is a vasodialator it protects the blood vessels from diabetes
    That’s why it’s considered a beneficial medical treatment for cataracts

  • The next time some asshole in some comment section talks shit about CA I’m gonna ask them what their state’s maternal mortality rate is…
    love these dives.

  • Oh no! 700 wamen die each year because of retarded healthcare system. Let’s adress that specific issue instead of the retarded system. Makes sense to me:3

  • This is so true. Thanks for making this information more widely known. Medical care is a service to work for you, not an enforcement. Educate yourself and have the resources set up to get what you need.

  • I’ve wanted to give birth and raise a family since I was little. Even thought about becoming a midwife for a while. I did research for years and years and became less confident in not only my ability to give birth but in societies ability to support me. Turns out I have pretty bad PCOS so it probably won’t be an issue I’ll end up having to deal with anyway, still makes me feel horrible for other people trying to start a family in this country though

  • Three months ago I gave birth to my third in the US and I found pretty weird that nobody checks on you before 6 weeks post delivery. In Spain, where I come from and delivered my previous babies, you are scheduled to visit a midwife or your obgyn 2 weeks after labor.

  • I would eat more real food from farms, not processed food from factories.

    Eat more healthy animal fat, moderate protein, lots of veggies and reduce good carbs intake to minimal and eliminate bad carbs all together.

    Do that and you will keep losing fat like you could never believe.

  • Inexperienced doctors and c-sections have become popular again because they dont have the training to sew people up. And the fact we have no real maternity care for all women, if your insurance coverage is good enough. I would rather have a Voodoo doctor give me care. Lol

  • There’s was a wonderful and informative response and discussion on this video by Mama Doctor Jones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVoSXUwkMsg I highly recommend

  • I’m on my 3rd baby and 3rd c section in about 2 weeks I hope I make it,I’ve had problems with bleeding to much in my past two deliveries..I’m so scared im also black female, if I make it through this I want no more babies

  • this is a terrible problem, but I hate when people compare us to scandinavian countries
    “Look at these super small self hating nations”
    yeah I’m looking

  • Yes. In my home country women actually stay home, up to 3 years. Government pays the maternity leave after the company policy expires.

  • In iceland we have 3 months of paid leave for both parents and 3 months that one parent can take on top of that with a total of 6 months or the parents can split the last 3 months between each other where both get 4 and a half months of paid leave or one gets 5 and one 4 months or however they would like.

  • Serena Williams very good example of how having knowledge and being demanding can save your life. If you are clueless about medical stuff have more knowledgeable friend on hand to act as your health advocate. It can save your life.

  • Wow very informative! Honestly thank you so much for sharing this information. This is something that really needs to be addressed, and the only way to do that is to shine light on it so that everybody knows exactly what is going on!

  • I lost 9 kilos or 20 pounds in 3 months after starting to have joint pain. It wasn’t to lose weight but entirely to decrease the inflammation. Please check the autoimmune protocol. I changed my lifestyle forever and I’m happy I did. My blood values are under a normal range now.

  • Ya don’t say?
    98.4 men die every week in America simply from going to work (OSHA). Isn’t that a lil more alarming for a “developed country?” Wouldn’t that have an even more drastic long term affect on children?
    Where are the national sob stories about this?

  • My Dr induced 3 other women and myself to try for the first baby of the year. I was on bedrest, but thought it was weird he insisted on inducing me the way he did. When I checked into the hospital, the nurse commented how odd it was that he induced so many of us. He broke my water and then left the hospital. He didn’t come back until over an hr AFTER I gave birth. Nurses delivered my son. His cord was wrapped around his neck, and things turned into an emergency situation. I had to wait to be sewn up until the Dr returned. I was young and naive when I had my son. I wish I spoke up for myself more. Ladies, speak up if you’re uncomfortable with something! It’s never too late to switch docs! We must be our own advocate!
    I was nervous to speak up and didn’t want to be difficult. I’m lucky my son ended up being fine!

  • Instead of buying box cereals which are highly processed, better to boil your own whole grains like oat groats or steel cut oats and sweeten with fresh fruits if needed (can pour boiled staple foods over greens).

  • I’d rather give birth in a South African state hospital than anywhere in America. Shove your capitalist system up your cooch. You’re nuts if you think free healthcare is a socialist pipe dream. If Africa can do it, you’re getting had.

  • Hopefully this will help someone out there… If you want to lose weight you need to accept and/or realize a few things:

    1) Diets don’t work. Don’t even start one. Every diet plan out there has one thing in common: A 100% failure rate.
    2) You must eat healthy. Fast food, gone. Sodas, gone. Processed food, gone.
    3) Eating healthy is not a diet plan, it is a lifestyle.
    4) You need to live a healthy lifestyle for the remainder of your life or you will fail
    5) Move around/exercise. Get at least 30-60 minutes a day of exercise. Once or twice a week, double it.
    6) Build muscle by doing some resistance training. You don’t need to bulk up, just put on some muscle.

  • When my first child was born, the on call doctor refused to do a c section tho it was clear to the nurses that there was a serious problem. Eventually my family started demanding a different doctor who immediately did the c section but by that time she was FIRMLY wedged in my hips and they had a hard time backing her out. They did so much damage I couldn’t try for a natural birth. After the third one my heart stopped beating in recovery and they didn’t know why. Insurance sent me home despite doctor recommendations because of radically unstable blood pressure. 6 hours later I was in the ER because my pressure bottomed out and I was unconscious. I spent another 4 days in maternity because they nearly killed me.

  • Just watched a documentary by a top chef where it was suggested that up to 80% of Argentinian cows are not pasture raised but fed grains to fatten them quicker

  • Women are not taken seriously in general. It takes double the time for us to get diagnosed than men. My daughter and I were insulted by the doctors many times. After we decided to never go visit a doctor without my husband everything changed. Tragic. Things won’t get better just by themselves.

  • I’ve lost 14Lbs so in almost 11 months since I started my new job and eating once a day eating healthy salads and salmon and one cup of OJ every morning once a day and today my husband and I had a very healthy salad with baby spinach in the bag and red bell pepper, green onions, blk olives, tomatoes, fresh grown Qcumber straight out of the garden, 3 large garlic cloves minced and olive oil and rice vinegar as the dressing. They say your suppose to lose the weight slowly if you lose if you fast you gain it right back as quick as you lost it. It took me almost 11 months to lose 14 Lbs I went from 180.2 down to 166.7 Lbs and I feel so much better and I dont drink or smoke or take any types of medicines except for benedryl once in a full moon

  • I didn’t realize denying this had become a pro-life talking point. Then a guy on Twitter said no one dies in childbirth anymore. I said umm that’s not true at all and quoted CDC stats and linked to a JAMA article. His reply was “That’s not accurate” I told him he should notify the CDC and JAMA right away and correct their inaccurate information, I’m sure they would be grateful for his superior expertise.

  • When I was pregnant with my first baby, I was 2 days past the due date. I had an OBGYN visit that day. The doctor asked me if I wanted to schedule an induction for the next morning. Stupid me, being 9 months pregnant and young said yes. Why not? The doctor knows what he’s doing…

    The next morning at 6am I arrive, get prepef and the induction begins. It’s awful. I found out later that induced deliveries are more painful than regular labor for most women. I also later found out about the common cycle new mothers run into which leads to c-sections.

    After the pain was too much the nurse asks if I want an epidural. Yes, I said, trusting the doctors. I wasnt progressing as they needed, and wanted to increase the medicine, which would make it hurt more. (This is how it was explained to me).

    After the 2nd epidural (they messed up the first time) I felt no pain. I thought everything was going to be OK.

    It was around 6pm. I’ve been at the hospital for 12 hours. The nurse and doctor on duty are telling me I’m not progressing and that I need a c-section. Terrified, I agreed. My baby was born healthy and I had no complications healing, but after doing research about labor and delivery, I’m disgusted with the doctors I had caring for me.

    I figured out later that doing an induction on a healthy mother with a single delivery with no other issues, is wrong. This leads to the cycle of: Induction>slow progress>pain>epidural>progress slows because of the epidural>c-section. Not only that but the doctor should have simply told me that going past the due date was totally normal. That there was nothing to worry out and that I could make it through.

    I should have done more research. I should have stood up for myself.

  • I was pretty fat up till about 9th grade (my weight climbed from about 140 pounds at the beginning of 8th grade to about 170 pounds at the beginning of ninth grade, for instance). Then, I started walking and biking to and from school instead of taking the school bus. The trip there took me about 6 minutes, trip back about 13. Then, my weight growth pretty much stopped. While before I could gain 30 pounds in a year, it took me the next 7 years to gain 15 pounds. Of course, other factors also came into play (like, I began running a mile every day starting from college, and in college I mostly ate just bare necessities), but I’d say bicycling was the big factor.

    Now, I ride my bike for most trips that are on mostly level ground and less than 3-4 miles. I mean, if we have that much leftover fat in our bodies, why not burn it for transportation in place of gasoline? It (1) really helps cut down on fat (2) costs a lot less (bike costs are at least an order of magnitude or two less than a car) (3) If you live in a dense or traffic-congested city, bikes take up less space on the road and parking, so less congestion to deal with.

  • It used to be that women only had c-sections when there were complications or extenuating factors. Now there are people having c-sections because they are “easier”.

  • Maybe because your first postnatal appointment is 6 WEEKS after having your baby. Like you just pushed an 8 pound baby out of your vagina and you don’t know how much bleeding is too much or what’s normal but you don’t get a checkup until a month and a half after delivery. That’s just crazy.

  • The Dr that delivered my baby rushed me and my baby through delivery because she simply didn’t want to be at work. She had her daughter at work most the time and then as I was pushing complained that her ex husband had to come get her daughter because I was taking too long. She actually did a membrane sweep a week before my due date without consent as well. She pushed me to start pushing before I was ready so I ended up pushing for 2 hours and my baby was born with extreme bruising on his head and jaundice. I still have nightmares about that woman and my birth experience. Not to mention when I went to my 6 week checkup and said I was experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety she laughed at me.

  • So glad this is being discussed. This is especially true for Black women because our concerns are ignored. Serena had to basically hound doctors to do tests because she knows her body and knew something was wrong.

    I love the advocacy work Judge Glenda Hatchett is doing with with her son to bring awareness after her daughter in law died from complications of. C-section that could have been prevented❤️

  • When my mom was giving birth to me, she had her leg smashed in the hospital bed. She didn’t feel it because of the amount of medication in her body and no one listened to her when she said she felt something weird in her leg. Could have been a potentially very serious problem if she hadn’t noticed it herself. The hospital staff was entirely incompetent.

  • When I was pregnant with my first child my doctor tried to induce me after only 1 day post due date. I declined and he became angry. Being induced is more likely to lead to c section so I refused. It turns out he was on vacation that week and wanted to induce me so his trip wouldn’t be interrupted. This is only 1 example of the treatment I received

  • Postpartum depression is widely untreated and unrecognized, leading to suicide. Suicide is one of the most significant causes of maternal mortality,[19] and reported to be the number one cause by many studies.[20]
    Also, many countries don’t count deaths up to a year after delivery, as the US does. So even though EVERY maternal death is a tragedy and we need to do all we can to eliminate pregnancy related deaths, our outlier status may not be quite as bad as it looks at first glance.