Houston community leaders of color talk maternal health: ‘From birth, our babies face discrimination’

Houston Chronicle | By Sarah Smith
October 27, 2019

Cheryl Turner’s cousin didn’t have to die.

She was pregnant with her third child and kept telling her doctor something was wrong. She was in pain. But her cousin’s doctor, Turner said, told her that she was just overweight with high blood pressure. He dismissed her.

Turner’s cousin had a heart attack and died. Her baby died as well.

“Can you imagine what it did to our family to have to bury this young woman and her baby in the same casket?” Turner asked.

Turner shared her story at a Saturday morning event hosted by Harris County Justice of the Peace Jeremy Brown and Healthy Women Houston to discuss health issues for expecting mothers in communities of color.

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