Research shows that black mothers worry about the safety of their children

Key points

  • Black women have identified the universal themes that live daily in fear of their children’s lives.
  • In order to live in fear, some people report that they focus on staying strong by possessing beliefs and providing their sons with the tools to navigate a potentially threatening world.
  • Healthcare providers need to leave room for black parents to discuss this fear of their children.

Racial differences in maternal health, both mentally and physically, are still a common health justice issue in the United States.This research has far-reaching impact, but it was recently published in Advanced Nursing Journal The impact of these worries was emphasized, and it was discovered that black mothers were constantly worried about the safety of their sons.

Although many people became more aware of the reality of systemic racism after the murder of George Freud, his death was not a rare case of police brutality.

Unfortunately, despite extensive discussions about the ongoing national racial reckoning since his unjust killing, since June 2020, whites and Hispanics have shown some support for the “Black’s Fate is Fate” movement. reduce.

Understand the research

In this study, through a combination of face-to-face interviews and focus groups, seven black women were asked about their recent and ongoing pregnancy and childcare experiences in the United States.

Participants’ most memorable themes were experiences of fear, including fear that the future black son might be killed, and trying to protect their safety, and living in fear.

The limitation of this study is the small sample size, but given the stressful effects of this daily fear experience, healthcare providers can still use these insights to better support black fertility parents.

Research needs diversity

Dr. Jamil Norman, RN, and CNE, the academic coordinator of the RN-BSN program at Walden University and the lead researcher of this study, said: “’Insight into fear: a phenomenological study of black mothers’ is about understanding the stressors that can lead to poverty. Maternal ending.”

Norman pointed out that it is important to know that the death rate of black women is alarmingly higher than that of white and Hispanic women, and the United States is one of the only countries where these death rates have increased. “I believe our research plays an important role in the study of black maternal outcomes. We want to hear the voice of black women,” she said.

As a researcher, Norman explained how they wanted to know what it was like to be pregnant and parenting as a black woman. She emphasized that pregnancy should be viewed as a whole to understand the reasons that may lead to poor maternal outcomes for black women. “One caveat of the survey results that I want readers to pay attention to is that the topic of fear is only one of multiple topics that have been identified. We feel the need to share this topic, especially in the context of current events,” she said.

Jamil Norman, PhD, Registered Nurse, CNE

Have the concerns of black women been heard? Are black women treated like white women? Does racism play a role in maternal outcomes?

— Jamil Norman, PhD, Registered Nurse, CNE

Norman had previously lost a nursing student due to maternal death, and she admitted that this study was very close to her heart. She explained how this student did not meet the characteristics normally associated with poor maternal outcomes because she was educated, healthy, and received prenatal care throughout the pregnancy, until her low-risk term delivery. “It makes me want to learn more about what really happened,” she said.

In terms of her hopes, Norman said, “Are black women’s concerns heard? Are black women treated the same as white women? Does racism play a role in maternal outcomes? This is what I want care providers to do Questions to consider when reading this research.”

Norman explained how her white colleague took on-site notes when asking questions. The interviewee glanced at her before answering. They all felt that her answer was measured, so it’s better to let her conduct the interview and take notes by herself move forward. “My colleagues understand the importance of having a black woman conduct these interviews and participate in this research,” she said.

Empowerment through research

Keisha Henry of LCSW MSW said: “This is the first study involving the voices of black women who have been affected on many levels related to systemic racism. This fact is empowering. It is Black women provide a space to express what has been suppressed for a long time.”

Given the theme of fear, Henry emphasized how this affects physical, cognitive, emotional, emotional, and mental health. “It’s really living in fear as a black woman raising a black boy, being a parent, and a black woman with implicit prejudice in healthcare,” she said.

Henry pointed out how this research gave black women the opportunity to use and maximize their voice in this experience.She established contact with the black theorist Édouard Glissant, who said: “When confronted verbally and in writing, the secretly accumulated harm was suddenly expressed; the individual found a way out of the closed circle. He touched, transcended Every living humiliation, a collective meaning, a universal poetry, in which every voice is important, and every moment of life is in it Find explanation. “

Keisha Henry, MSW, LCSW

This is really living in fear as a black woman raising a black boy, being a parent, and a black woman living in implicit prejudice in the context of her healthcare.

— Keisha Henry, MSW, LCSW

What this means to you

As research has shown, black women live in fear of the safety of their sons every day. Although some people may no longer make headlines in the summer of 2020, black parents may still be in fear. This public health crisis is worthy of further efforts across the country to resolve the unequal results that affect the lives of blacks.