Changes at doctor’s offices and hospitals are forcing Black moms-to-be to seek alternative ways to welcome their newborns

A photo of a pregnant black woman sitting outside on a bench, closing her eyes with a contemplative expression.

DDeAndra Stevens is expecting her first child this spring. In the past week, more than a dozen packages were shipped to her home. Armed with gloves and hand sanitizer, the 33-year-old Baltimore resident opened each package carefully, and then made her way to the sink to wash her hands. Such…

Dani McClain

McClain is the author of We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. She is a Type Media Center fellow and a contributing writer at The Nation.

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