Black women-led organizations banning together to fight maternal mortality

by Rob Taylor Jr.
Courier Staff Writer

Sha-Asia Washington, 26 years old, from Brooklyn, New York.

Yolanda Kadima, 35 years old, from suburban Atlanta.

Both were Black women, seemingly healthy who, in July 2020, died after having an emergency C-section (Cesarean delivery).

Aleta Heard, a Black woman, now 30 years old, from Pittsburgh, a graduate of Woodland Hills High School and Slippery Rock and Duquesne universities, says she’s “fortunate” to be alive today.

KENISHA WILSON, left, public relations specialist for “Masters of Maternity,” with Ashley Blakeman and Latrice Phoenix, who is with the organization Melanin Mommies PGH. (Photos by Rob Taylor Jr.)

She, too, had an emergency C-section while pregnant with her first child two years ago, “for reasons that I didn’t necessarily understand at the time,” she told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview, April 11. “I could have easily died. We (Black women) die three


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