The trauma of being a black mother

Can I tell you guys something real?

I am a mom who has a lot of anxious thoughts postpartum, and being a woman of color adds to my stress. Being a black woman, specifically.

I won’t go into depth because other black women understand and I am not trying to convince anyone else. Either believe me or don’t. But the latest example was a harmless study a local university was doing for memory in infants. They pay you a little cash and give you a gift to have your kid look at a screen and trace what they’re looking at.

Me and Vivian went to the first one at 3 months. And they asked if we would come back at 5 months. I said yes, then I felt a wave of anxiety. What are they going to do? What if it’s harmful to her? Can i trust these people? Did i cause damage letting her go the first time?

Andddd I often feel I can’t trust anyone doing studies or medical professionals with myself or my children because of the vast history of medical mistreatment and experimentation on black children and adults. So even though I’m sure this was harmless, thoughts of the man living with half his head missing because they experimented on him and other kids with radiation while telling the parents it was a ring worm treatment flooded my mind. Tuskegee flooded my mind. So many thoughts.

  • So I ghosted the study and I feel relieved. But honestly… I can’t help but think “if I wasn’t a minority I wouldn’t have had that near panic attack.”
  • And you’d probably be surprised how many times in my life Ive had that thought.

    I could say more, but I won’t. I’ll just end with this – I am fully aware that I am a better person because I have experienced life through the eyes of a black woman. But, it’s also exhausting sometimes.

    2 responses to “The trauma of being a black mother”

    1. Sis, I totally understand how you felt/feeling. It reminds me of when I was in the 4th grade and they had these “Specialist” come out to our school to do a case study on us to see what we would be “good at”, it was LSU Rey and long story short it said that I was good with my hands but as I grew up, I thought… it I limited myself? … who isn’t good with their hands?!?! Fast forward to me being a mom of 4 kids, I often feel like if I don’t teach my kids certain things when society, people and specialist think it’s the best time to teach them, will my kids succeed for my lack there of them showing teaching them things that some kids already know? It’s a learning process cause I was that mom still kinda is that mom that would be like “Oh so so and so knows that at that age, let me teach mine that knowing dango well every learns differently.

      I’m learning to stop. You’re doing a great job with your babies and it can be overwhelming and full negative thoughts but we just want the best for our kids.

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    2. I completely understand! You’re not alone in this! Keep keeping on and do what’s best for your babies. Read this. You may find it interesting


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