After opening up about her daughter’s labor as well as the childbirth complications she has faced afterward and on Facebook Monday Serena Williams has thanked her fans for sharing their stories about the experience made her ‘stronger’.
The 36-year-old tennis star has shared an adorable video of her 4month old daughter Alexis Olympia as well as the message about her childbirth story. Serena has captioned the video by saying that she didn’t expect that sharing their family’s story of Olympia’s birth and all of the complications after giving birth would start such an outpouring of discussion from women—especially black women—who have faced similar complications and also for the women whose problems go unaddressed.
She continued that these are not just stories: according to the CDC, (Center for Disease Control), black women are over 3 times more likely than White women to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes. She has shared that they have a lot of work to do as a nation and she hopes her story can inspire a conversation that gets us to close this gap. In Vogue’s cover story this month, she has revealed that her daughter was born by emergency C-section and said that EVERY mother, regardless of race, deserves to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. She said that she wants women to have the best experience they can have although her personal experience was not great but it was her experience and she is happy that it happened to her as it made her stronger and it made her appreciate all the women — with or without kids.
She has shared that she wants to thank all of them who have opened up through online comments and other platforms to tell their story and encourages them to continue to tell those stories as well they can help others as their voices are their power. She said her daughter was born without any complication but after her birth, the doctors have noticed ‘several’ small blood clots in the lungs of Serena.