Black Women : Sisters And Brothers: Can We Be Candid And Honest About This Too?

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  1. chuck

    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Black Maternal Emotional Stress

    "Birth difficulties and infant mortality, which are significantly higher among
    black mothers, have been found to be related to black maternal emotional upset.

    The constant stress of being black in a racist society, the ongoing struggle
    with identity problems, inferiority complexes, double-consciousness, the
    stresses brought on by economic problems, marital problems, broken homes (nearly half of black families are headed by females),
    teenage motherhood, unwed motherhood, etc., which are highly prevalent in the black community,
    create a state of chronic emotional stress in black mothers and this stress affects many of their children in the form of physical, mental,
    emotional and behavioral problems...

    The struggle for survival of the larger percentage of black mothers
    creates an emotional state of mind not conducive to childbearing or rearing.
    The economic hardship, regardless of familial support, institutional support
    such as welfare agencies are responsible for a large share of black maternal
    emotional stress.

    The black mother is far more likely to work late in her
    pregnancy and is therefore more likely to suffer from fatigue harmful to her
    child.

    Because she is more likely to receive inadequate financial support from
    the father of the child, her family, from social institutions, the black mother
    suffers most from adverse emotional stress and strain and physical exhaustion,
    thereby reducing the life-chances of her unborn child. The frequent forming and breaking of emotional-romantic attachments,
    and/or the continued exploitation or feared exploitation of the black mother by unscrupulous males, add to her emotional problems...

    For the maritally abandoned mother, the unwed and teenage
    unwed mother (of which black mothers form the largest number), the absence of a supportive, extended family,
    the absence or lack of emotional support by the baby's father or others can create a damaging psychological state of mind
    which may be physically or behaviorally harmful both before and after birth."

    Amos N. Wilson

    The Developmental Psychology of The Black Child

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    He wrote that 20 years ago, so the real question is

    why do we not have a National Black Prenatal Care Organization or think tank to address this issue and ameliorate this syndrome
     
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    Anybody else have an opinion?

    Do holla back as well...

    Thanks!

    FYI...

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    Even though This leader in Psychological Freedom, made his passage, before these impending gov cuts,
    he more then likely forsaw them.

    Therefore the economic hardships will not only be greater, but the Black and African centered funded and non funded programs that provided not only prenatal care but also offerd a culturaly, and emotionaly compatable environment to aleviate the pathologies mentioned,
    will be cut from state to state.

    Out of a trillion dollars spending power, we have to find the means to create that "loving and nurturing village" to heal this ill,
    and do so in mind of the many poor, who will be cut from medicare
     
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