I had a full term pregnancy without any complications besides an unstable
relationship. When my son was born he was not responsive, although he looked like a normal, healthy baby; there was something going on in his brain that I would not fully understand until later.”
NWNW is highlighting the reality of the obscene numbers of African “American out of wedlock births resulting in fatherless households. Too many fatherless kids fail, go to jail and have horrible lives. Stop talking about slavery stop blaming the white man go help raise your kids. Your excuse is not an excuse anymore!”
“The facts are clear. The children of marriage parents do much better on nearly every scale of health, education, wellbeing and more. Marriage is the best environment to raise children. Marriage is where men and women can be all they want to be with the help and support of a caring spouse.”
Fellow NWNW participant, writer, radio host and attorney Jeneba Ghatt wrote a thoughtful piece, Marriage activists use Beyonceâ€™s pregnancy to send message to single moms for the Washington Times community pages. It trended upwards to the most read piece that day.
Rural Baby Mamas have the same obstacles and pain as Urban Baby Mamasâ€¦ The issues are the same, and a woman, is a woman, is a womanâ€¦ regardless of her geographical location here in the US. The issues were mostly about financial struggles, having to â€œdo it allâ€, and not having the much needed emotional support.
I was nine months pregnant with my son on my wedding day, one week from delivering our second child. Iâ€™d insisted on getting married because I couldnâ€™t stomach the thought of having another child out of wedlock. But I knew the whole time that he was the wrong man to marry. Iâ€™d known that during the five years we lived together before the marriage.
My scream-out-loud moment came when I saw that a staggering 59% of African American women with multiple children had multiple fathers (National Longitudinal Survey of Youth: University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Date of publication unavailable). My immediate thoughts were, can we go any lower? have we hit rock bottom? are we there yet?
In case you missed Zo Williams’ “No Wedding No Womb” show on Thursday, November 18 on the FOXXHOLE on Sirius Satellite Radio, here’s a clip of my commentary on the program, which was primarily focused on abstinence. While NWNW is not SPECIFICALLY an abstinence program, we support WHATEVER WORKS to turn the tide on the [...]
Few of the women connected their poor choice of partner with identifying with their mother, so you are not alone if you are surprised, too, with the lack of success in your love life. Itâ€™s hard, after all, to really leave home completely, and becoming even a little like your mother is one way of keeping her close.
The effects of single-mother stress: Her social challenges eventually manifest into physical challenges. High blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and maternal obesity, just to name a few. Her immune system becomes even more compromised because she is not eating well.
Moynihanâ€™s report presaged the â€˜tangle of pathologyâ€™ would tighten in the black community unless the government intervened. The black underclass did not need overt, systemic racism to continue the downward spiral; it did not need racism and discrimination to perpetuate poverty within the black community. It was doing a perfectly respectable job on its own.
Look beyond the now and at the future that you want. Itâ€™s challenging not to give in to the new romanticized and over sexualization of reality. But far beyond what I see now is everything that I truly desire for my future. Think about what you want and be careful.