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Beyoncé, Serena Williams open up about potentially fatal childbirths, a problem especially for black mothers

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Beyoncé. Serena Williams. While one is a singer and the other is a professional tennis player, there are many similarities between the women’s lives. Both are at the top of their respective fields — Beyoncé has 22 Grammy Awards. Williams has 23 Grand Slam singles titles. Both are African American. Both are mothers.

But the women have shared one life experience that has recently attracted widespread attention: Both survived potentially fatal pregnancy complications.

On Monday, Beyoncé revealed in Vogue’s September issue that she delivered her twins, Rumi and Sir, in June last year by emergency Caesarean section after being bedridden for a month because of “toxemia,” a condition better known as preeclampsia. The complication causes high blood pressure and can damage organs such as the liver and kidneys, according to the Mayo Clinic. The only cure for preeclampsia is delivering the baby.

Read more by Allyson Chiu @ The Washington Post HERE

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