Black Motherhood through the Lens is about four Black women's experiences navigating the reproductive and maternal healthcare system from conception to postpartum. The women in this series have experienced miscarriage, lack of access to infertility care, fears about childbirth, and postpartum depression. It features the stories of Shaylene, Shannon, Ijeoma, and Jai-Me, who despite these challenges, boldly pursued their dreams of Black motherhood.
Adeiyewunmi (Ade) Osinubi is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician. Her work focuses on sharing the stories of minority populations that often go untold. At the age of 16, Ade travelled to Mekelle, Ethiopia to co-produce her first documentary. Since then, Ade has produced films educating the public about various health topics in an accessible way. She has written for the Washington Post and Glamour Magazine on topics related to health equity. Her work on the film was also recently recognized in Forbes and PBS amongst other places and she was the recipient of the 2022 National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) 40 under 40 Leader in Health Award. In the future, Ade hopes to pursue a career in health journalism, using her passion for photography and film to elevate the voices of communities of color.
ADEIYEWUNMI (ADE) OSINUBI
THE PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
Black women face a multitude of disparities from conception to postpartum. These disparities are not due to biological differences but they are attributed to systemic bias and inequalities. According to the NIH, maternal mortality has increased during the first year of the pandemic and Black women made up 30% of maternal deaths.
Black women are 2x more likely to experience infertility and postpartum mood disorders and statistically less likely to receive care for these conditions.
Black Motherhood through the Lens sheds light on the experiences that Black Women face within reproductive healthcare and to diversify media representation about fertility, childbirth, and postpartum mood disorders.