‘Insecure’ Star Christina Elmore Chose An All-Black Birthing Team To Deliver Her Baby
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‘Insecure’ Star Christina Elmore Chose An All-Black Birthing Team To Deliver Her Baby

"I wanted the experience to be different for him."

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Yes, the actress who plays Condola on the hit HBO show was pregnant in real-life! Insecure star Christina Elmore's character Condola has ruffled a lot of fans' feathers over the last two seasons for getting in the way of Issa Dee, played by Issa Rae, and Lawrence, played by Jay Ellis, rekindling their relationship and (spoil alert) became pregnant with Lawrence's baby.

This past Sunday's episode, "Pressure, Okay?!," showed Condola finally having the baby and how uncomfortable co-parenting can be if the parents don't communicate.

While the episode gave a realistic view of life after having a baby, Christina also gave a realistic view into her decisions as a Black mother birthing Black babies. The actress, who also stars in Twenties, opened up toWomen's Health about why she chose to have an all-Black birthing team deliver her baby.

Already having a four-and-a-half-year-old son, Christina was preparing to have another son and while her first delivery experience with an all-white midwifery team went well, the world around her was different now due to the pandemic and police brutality and she wanted to be more intentional about how she went about her second birth.

"I found out I was pregnant on the day that George Floyd died," she said. "And it was a weird feeling. I was mourning and rejoicing at the same time. It was a really hard time to be Black in America. I would choose to be Black every time, but it was hard to see that this country wasn't made for us."

"I was bringing another Black life in this country, and I wanted the experience to be different for him. I wanted him to be caught by Black hands that would be able to give me the care I deserved."

While it wasn't easy, she found an all-Black midwifery team in Los Angeles and she expressed that she immediately noticed a difference in her care.

She started experiencing hypertension toward the end of her pregnancy and while it's common, it can still be dangerous.

"So, my midwives jumped into action. They came over to my house every morning and evening to check my blood pressure. They also started connecting me to other Black providers, including an acupuncturist who was able to do cupping to help calm me and bring my blood pressure down a little," she revealed.

"There was such a difference in my holistic care. This was a group of women who just heard me. I didn't expect to have that in the medical field—it felt so unique and special."

The delivery felt even more special as she said she felt "safe" looking across the room at women who resemble her mom and aunties.

Christina isn't the first Black woman to turn to another Black woman to assist in her birth. Reportedly, many Black women are looking into having home births due to the pandemic and the risks they as well as their babies face when giving birth.

Black women are three times more likely to die during childbirth in comparison to white women and Black babies' infant mortality rate is twice as high as white babies.

Featured image by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET

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