Black Maternal Health Week + Birthdays + Gratitude

It’s been a minute. Like, did April just start? How is it almost over already? When I tell you these last few months have been a whirlwind of a rollercoaster of emotions, I can barely put it into words.

But when I think about the complete goodness and mercy that God has shown over my life, I have no choice but to smile. I have no choice but to express joy and gratitude for all that I have. And for all that is yet to come.


April is my birthday month. Today I enter my last year in my 30’s. What I realize is that time waits for no one. And I am committed now more than ever to spend more time taking life in, and the people I love in it. Birthdays are meant to be celebrated. So no matter what’s done, I make it a point to enjoy it.

Olivia made me a surprise pocketbook for my birthday in my favorite color.


Anyone who knows me knows that I love birthdays and I love surprising other people. I also love surprises. So when my daughter, Olivia, surprised me with a special pocketbook she made (in my favorite color) for my birthday, I could hardly hold back tears. She had been working on this surprise for a couple of weeks and was just as excited to give it to me as I was to receive it.

celebrating black maternal health

We talk to our kids all of the time about gratitude. It’s something money can’t buy. And the bible says: when you can be thankful with little things, you will be blessed with greater/bigger things.

The older I get, the more I find to be grateful for. Even being able to sit here and write this post is a blessing.

Black Maternal Health Week

A few days ago, I was cruising around the gram, and started to see a bunch of stories pop up. These stories were of black women sharing the disturbing facts around #BlackMaternalHealth. I never knew about these stats, and if I had, I don’t know I would have 3 beautiful kids now.

Even as scary as possible death might sound, I just had to share these stats on my birthday. It’s not something we, in these United States of America, should even have to be concerned with.


View this post on Instagram


As I enter into a new year of life, I am reminded of God’s grace and mercy over me. I am beyond blessed and excited for all that my new year will bring 🎉🙌🏿 . . 💜B I R T H D A Y G R A T I T U D E💜 After reading up and following posts under #BlackMaternalHealthWeek, I can only be that much more grateful that after three kids, I’m here to celebrate another birthday. I can only be grateful that I had black doctors throughout all three of my pregnancies and that they took the very best care of me. . . .


I didn’t know then, what I know now. But clearly God knew. I had no idea that black moms were dying at a rate of nearly 4x than that of white moms during childbirth. And I can only hope and pray that should my daughters choose to have kids later in life, that this will no longer be a statistic that they have to worry about. Keep doing this work that is so needed @blackmamasmatter. 👑👩🏾‍⚕️🤰🏾


🤱🏾 Today I celebrate life! And the older I get, the more I realize just how precious it really is. 🥳🥰🎉🎈#thisis39 📸: @thefilmmarketer . . . #birthdaygirl👑 #blackmamasmatter #birthdayjoy #birthdayqueen #blessedbeyondmeasure #thankfulheart #godslove #godspromise #bestillandknow #butgod #wonthedoit #faithoverfear #highlyfavored #maternalhealth

A post shared by Christine St.Vil (@momsncharge) on

However, the fact of the matter is that it’s a topic that can no longer be ignored. I’m sharing this because should my daughters ever decide to have kids later in life, I don’t want them to have to worry about this.

Did you know about the stats surrounded black maternal health?

Please check out my #FLYMomChat episode with Tonya Rapley where she shares her experience and why she started the Black Maternal Health Project.

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply