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Child Welfare & Black Families – Syesha Mercado’s Story

Distrust & Disparities: Dismantling Black Health Disparities

Child Welfare & Black Families – Syesha Mercado’s Story

Content Warning: We discuss child abuse allegations and briefly mention suicide (22:50-23:05) in this episode, listener discretion is advised.    In this episode we discuss how systems meant to protect…
April 15, 2022

Child Welfare & Black Families – Syesha Mercado’s Story

Content Warning: We discuss child abuse allegations and briefly mention suicide (22:50-23:05) in this episode, listener discretion is advised. 

 

In this episode we discuss how systems meant to protect children are traumatizing black families. We cover Syesha Mercado’s story, a black mother whose child was taken from her after trying to receive help with transitioning him from breastfeeding.

 

And we highlight the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, an organization working to address the Black maternal health inequalities by changing policy, cultivating research, shifting culture, and advancing care for Black mamas.

 

Visit the Black Mamas Matter website, https://blackmamasmatter.org/, to learn more about their advocacy efforts and to support their amazing work.

 

If you would like to suggest a topic we should discuss, share your own personal story, or shoutout an organization or individual please email us at [email protected]

 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @distrustanddisparities and Twitter @DistrustPod.

 

Resources:

Syesha Mercado regains custody of her son after seven-month battle by Jay Handelman

https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/2021/10/06/syesha-mercado-regains-custody-her-son/6018529001/

 

Bad medicine: Critics say powerful pediatrician too quick to diagnose child abuse, traumatizing families by Daphne Chen

https://stories.usatodaynetwork.com/torn-apart/sally-smith/site/heraldtribune.com/

 

THEY TOOK OUR BABY AGAIN Instagram Video by Syesha

https://www.instagram.com/p/CSb5gyOHA16/

 

Audio Clip: 

American Idol’s Syesha Mercado Talks Regaining Custody of Newborn Daughter by BNC News

https://youtu.be/F0fpDbFJ270

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