Rochelle Humes was left in tears during her Dispatches: Black Maternity Scandal documentary on Monday night, when she interviewed a black mother about her traumatic experience of childbirth.
Examining the poignant fact that black women are about four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women in the UK, mum of three Rochelle spoke to Jade – also a mum of three – who talked about the bleeding she experienced during the birth. childbirth. birth of her first child.
Jade told Rochelle, 32: ‘I remember saying to the doctor,’ I’m not going to die, am I? It probably felt more traumatic at the time.
Distressing: Rochelle Humes was left in tears during her Dispatches: Black Maternity Scandal documentary on Monday night, when she interviewed a black mother about her traumatic experience of childbirth
‘It’s going to be a bit of a daze. I remember asking for morphine so I had morphine and I remember asking for food.
‘My husband rang the bell a few times, hey, my wife doesn’t really respond to me, she doesn’t really do much.
“I remained in that state for a long time until my husband kept ringing the bell.”
She explained that doctors insisted that Jade’s symptoms were a natural response to the morphine, until she was properly treated 12 hours later.
Jade told Rochelle, 32: ‘I remember saying to the doctor,’ I’m not going to die, am I? ‘It probably felt more traumatic then’
Emotional: The presenter asked Jade if she felt it was because she is a black woman, whom she was not immediately listened to
She was finally given an antidote to reverse the effects.
‘I remember saying,’ I’m in pain, my stomach. ‘ They did the scan, there was six liters of blood in my stomach. Within three or four minutes I was in the theater because I think it was a life or death situation, ‘recalled Jade, leaving Rochelle in tears.
The presenter asked Jade if she felt it was because she is a black woman that she did not immediately listen to.
‘Maybe. I am black and I don’t want to [come across as] aggressive. If you’re sitting here with the reality that I wasn’t listened to because of my skin tone, that cuts deep, ” was Jade’s answer.
Fans praised the former pop star and took to Twitter to express how upset they remained watching the 30-minute special.
Praise: Fans praised the former pop star and took to Twitter to express how upset they had been watching the 30-minute special
Praised: ‘Well done Rochelle and especially all the women who told their stories in this documentary and those who did the work. Glad that some awareness has arisen. Hoping for change now, because the differences are actually scary! one viewer tweeted
Well done Rochelle and especially all the women who told their stories in this documentary and those who did the work. Glad that some awareness has arisen. Hoping for change now, because the differences are actually scary! one viewer tweeted.
My daughter now has the strength to complain, if all the women of color take a stand and constantly show their anger, they WILL need to hear us. Thanks Rochelle! ‘another posted.
‘I was just sobbing through Dispatches The Black Maternity Scandal, just heartbreaking,’ read another tweet.
A fourth viewer wrote: “One of the best programs of this year so far. Black and other British minorities who are in power and on influencing platforms should start pushing the government to do the right thing for the British minorities. ‘
Eye opening: Rochelle is pictured with husband Marvin and their son Blake, now five months after his birth
A fifth wrote: ‘#Dispatches for publicizing the black maternity scandal. As someone who was denied any pain relief and completely ignored during labor, I understand how much change is needed! ‘
Ahead of the airing, Rochelle talked about the emotional impact the documentary had on her, saying she was five months pregnant with her son Blake when she was first approached to host the show.
She appeared on Friday’s This Morning, telling Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary that she was completely unaware of the statistics until the making of the program.
‘I didn’t know until I was pregnant with Blake and I was going to start filming this last year and it felt too hard to be completely honest with you at a time when I was pregnant myself,’ she said.
“Black women are now four times more likely to die, women of mixed race three times as likely, and Asian women twice as likely.”
She said, ‘The differences are so big and it’s not okay, and as a mom it really broke me, it really did’
Loving Mother: Rochelle is the proud mother of daughters Alaia-Mai, seven, Valentina, four, and son Blake
When asked if the making of the documentary affected her as a mother, Rochelle revealed, “One hundred percent. I don’t think you have to be a mother to influence you. It’s not okay on a human level.
“The differences are so big and it’s not okay, and as a mother it really broke me, it really did.”
Rochelle said she “felt compelled to investigate” why women of color are more at risk of dying around childbirth.
‘I wish the documentary was stuck and there was a decision, but unfortunately it’s much more deeply rooted than that …’ she told the hosts.
“The main problem at play is that black women don’t feel like their pain is being taken seriously or listened to, and that’s the underlying problem that comes up over and over again.”
Rochelle said she hopes the film will ‘make noise’ and ‘we get a solid commitment from the government to introduce a target because that’s what we haven’t seen’.
Dispatches: The Black Maternity Scandal is available to watch on All 4.
For support regarding the cases in Dispatches: Black Maternity Scandal and in this article visit birth trauma association.org.uk