Beyoncé + Serena Williams on Childbirth In The Black Community

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 20: Singer Beyonce hosts the screening of “Live at Roseland: The Elements of 4” at the Paris Theatre on November 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

We have entered a time where people are much more open about their life experiences. I believe our predecessors were fearful of the judgment of others and also thought they were alone in their encounters. This shift in the way we interact is not just one that’s affecting everyday people, but celebrities as well. It is a positive occurrence, for it fosters a true sense of community among individuals.

Friends and superstars Beyoncé and Serena Williams recently divulged details regarding their pregnancies, and their lives, now that they are mothers. This honesty brought joy to Black women like myself because as stated, there was an era when these kinds of narratives were kept close to the chest.

These feelings of solidarity are absolutely necessary though, especially when you look at the facts presented in The New York Times piece centered around Black mothers and childbirth.

According to the previously mentioned article, Simone Landrum, a young Black mother, had her cries for help ignored during her third pregnancy. She noticed that