Opinion: In the Bay Area, racial justice starts with birth justice

Desiree Johnson is the mother of three beautiful daughters. She has a loving husband and a job with Contra Costa County. Despite that, Desiree says that each of her pregnancies was unusually traumatic, and she has the scars to prove it.

After her second Cesarean delivery, her daughter was taken away to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit with minimal communication from the doctors and nurses.

While mother and daughter are both healthy now, the trauma lingers. “I go into all my pregnancies worried,” Desiree says. “Am I going to see my baby alive in the flesh?”

All women and their partners may experience stress with childbirth. But for Black

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