*Over the past few years, light has been shed on the issues Black women face during pregnancy and labor.
Netflix’s new short film “Weathering” gives a visual representation of the struggle one woman faces. In the film, a journalist is recovering from the loss of her baby. Not only is she recovering from that loss she is also facing the reality that she almost lost her life as well.
When it comes to women’s maternal journey Black women are more than twice as likely to either lose their child or their own life. Those numbers are very concerning, especially after hearing medical professionals have admitted they believe Black women are able to endure more pain.
Causing them to not listen to complaints of pain or concerns coming from Black women. We spoke with Alexis Louder, the lead actress of “Weathering,” about the importance of her role in this film.
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“When they reached out and told me what the project was about I didn’t even have many questions. I just knew that it was something important. I try to make sure that the work that I do speaks to something that needs to be discussed,” said Louder.
And this is certainly something that should be discussed not only in the Black community but in general. This should be a conversation for everyone. Another part of this issue that needs to be discussed is the women blaming themselves when they have lost a child during childbirth.
They tend to begin to ask themselves what did they do wrong or if there was something else they could have done. That should not have to be a burden they bare after the tragedy they have encountered.
In “Weathering,” we see Louder’s character begins to punish herself for what has happened to her even after expressing concerns to her doctor that something wasn’t right. Once she begins to heal she decides to write about her experience with her focus being on how we protect Black women.
What does protecting Black women mean to you?
“Making sure that we are listening to Black women, having empathy for Black women. And also (for) Black women not to internalize society’s expectations of us,” said Louder.
This film is a powerful 20-minute portrayal of the internal and external struggle of Black maternal Health.
“Weathering” is now streaming on Netflix.
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