As Black celebrities like Serena Williams and Beyoncé continue to speak out about the complications they’ve endured while giving birth, rapper Remy Ma has undergone emergency surgery after giving birth to her child earlier this week.

Remy Ma, whose birth name is Reminisce Smith, is the latest Black celebrity to experience the disturbing trend in maternal health among Black women. After tough labor, the “Conceited” lyricist gave birth to a healthy baby girl, lovingly referred to as “the golden child." Due to excessive bleeding, however, the new mother had an emergency surgery on Tuesday, where she received blood transfusions. While Remy’s surgery was a success, her post-childbirth tribulations only reinforce a terrifying narrative facing some Black mothers.  

Blavity reported Black women are three to four times more likely to die within a year from pregnancy than white women. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) also recently commented on this, rightfully calling it a race issue.

“Women in the health care system must be given dignity. They must be listened to. They must be taken seriously. They must be given respect,” she said. “At its core, one of the biggest parts of the problem is that this is an issue that’s about race. And this is an issue that’s also about implicit bias.”

In April of 2016, Kira Johnson died after being forced to wait seven hours by doctors following post-childbirth complications. 

We wish Remy, as well as other moms in similar predicaments, a full and speedy recovery.

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