During the 1970s sterilization became the most rapidly growing form of birth control in the United States, rising from 200,000 cases in 1970 to over 700,000 cases in 1980. It was a common belief among Blacks in the South that Black women were routinely sterilized without their informed consent and for no valid medical reason. Teaching hospitals performed unnecessary hysterectomies on poor Black women as practice for their medical residents. This sort of abuse was so widespread in the South that these operations came to be known as “Mississippi appendectomies.” In 1975, a hysterectomy cost $800 compared to $250 for a tubal litigation, giving surgeons, who were reimbursed by Medicaid, a financial incentive to perform the more extensive operation — despite its twenty times greater risk of killing the patient.Dorothy Roberts in Killing the Black Body (via daniellemertina)
New perspective on what mothers usually find “annoying”
This is adorable.
Ugh. Right in the feels.
This feels amazing…I love being a mommy for this reason.
For all you single mama’s out there. Respect.