Rochelle Humes was left in tears during her documentary Dispatches: Black Maternity Scandal on Monday night, as she interviewed a black mother about her traumatic childbirth experience.
Investigating the heartbreaking fact that black women are about four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women in the UK, Rochelle, a mother of three, spoke to Jade – also a mother of three – who recounted the hemorrhage she suffered during the birth of her first child.
Jade told Rochelle, 32, “I remember telling the doctor, ‘I’m not going to die, am I? It was probably more traumatic back then.
Harrowing: Rochelle Humes was left in tears during her documentary Dispatches: Black Maternity Scandal on Monday night, as she interviewed a black mother about her traumatic childbirth experience
“It gets a little dizzy. I remember asking for morphine so I had morphine and I remember asking for food.
“My husband has sounded the alarm a few times like hey, my wife doesn’t really answer me, she doesn’t really do much.
“I stayed in this state for quite a while until my husband kept sounding the alarm bells. “
She explained that doctors insisted Jade’s symptoms were a natural reaction to morphine, until 12 hours later she was treated appropriately.
Jade told Rochelle, 32, “I remember telling the doctor, ‘I’m not going to die, am I? “It was probably more traumatic back then”
Emotional: The host asked Jade if she thought it was because she was a black woman that she hadn’t been listened to immediately
She eventually received an antidote to reverse the effects.
“I remember saying ‘I have a stomach ache’. They did the scan, six liters of blood was in my stomach. In three or four minutes, I was in the theater because I guess it was a life and death situation, ”Jade remembers, leaving Rochelle in tears.
The host asked Jade if she thought it was because she was a black woman that she hadn’t been listened to immediately.
“Maybe yeah. I am black and I don’t want to [come across as] aggressive. When you sit here with the reality of what I haven’t listened to because of the color of my skin, it cuts me deeply, ”was Jade’s response.
Fans praised the former pop star, taking to Twitter to express how upset they had been while watching the 30-minute special.
Praise: Fans praised the former pop star, taking to Twitter to express how upset they had been watching the 30-minute special
Praised: “Bravo to Rochelle and especially to all the women who told their stories in this documentary and to those who do the work. Glad that some awareness has been raised. Hoping for change now because the disparities are actually frightening! A viewer tweeted
“Bravo to Rochelle and especially to all the women who told their stories in this documentary and to those who do the work. Glad that some awareness has been raised. Hoping for change now because the disparities are actually scary! A viewer tweeted.
“My daughter now has the strength to complain, if all women of color take a stand and continually show their anger, they MUST hear us. Thanks Rochelle! another posted.
“I just sobbed through Dispatches The black motherhood scandal is heartbreaking,” another tweet read.
A fourth viewer wrote: “One of the best shows of this year to date. Black and British minorities in positions of power and on influential platforms should start pushing the government to do the right thing for British minorities.
Eye opening: Rochelle is pictured with husband Marvin and their son Blake, now five months after birth
A fifth writes: “#Dispatches for bringing the black motherhood scandal to the attention of the general public. As someone who has been denied pain relief and completely ignored during labor, I understand how much change is needed!
Ahead of the show, Rochelle detailed the emotional impact the documentary had on her and said she was pregnant with her five-month-old son Blake when she was first approached to host the show.
Appearing on Friday this morning, she told Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary that she had absolutely no knowledge of the stats before doing the program.
“I didn’t know that until I got pregnant with Blake and I was supposed to start filming last year and it was too heavy to be totally honest with you at a time when I was pregnant myself” , she said.
“Black women are now four times more likely to die, Métis women are three times more likely, and Asian women twice as likely.
She said: “The disparities are so vast and it’s not good, and as a mother it really broke me, it really did”
Doting mum: Rochelle is proud mum of her daughters Alaia-Mai, seven, Valentina, four, and her son Blake
When asked if making the documentary affected her as a mother, Rochelle revealed, “One hundred percent. I don’t think you have to be a mother for this to affect you. On a human level, it is not right.
“The disparities are so vast and it’s not correct, and as a mother it really broke me, it really is. ”
Rochelle said she “felt compelled to investigate” why women of color are more at risk of dying in childbirth.
“I wish the documentary was linked and there was resolution, but unfortunately it’s much more ingrained than that…” she told hosts.
“The main problem that arises is that black women don’t feel like their pain is taken seriously or that they are listened to and that’s the underlying problem that comes up every time. ”
Rochelle said she hopes the film will “make some noise” and “we get a strong commitment from the government to introduce a target because that’s what we haven’t seen.”
Dispatches: The Black Maternity Scandal is available on All 4.
For help with issues in Dispatches: Black Maternity Scandal and in this article, visit birthtraumaassociation.org.uk