In a recent episode of Bravo’s “Married to Medicine,” Dr. Jacqueline “Jackie” Walters engaged in a conversation with Vice President Kamala Harris about the alarming maternity mortality rates that Black women face in the United States.
During a YouTube Live video with fellow castmate Dr. Heavenly Kimes, she expressed concerns about Black women being taken seriously during pregnancy, suggesting that they should avoid complaining excessively to ensure their concerns are addressed seriously.
“Sometimes as African American women, we’re a bit more dramatic, and that you go to the doctor and you complain and you complain and you complain, and you’re not taken seriously because you cry wolf the entire pregnancy,” the 65-year-old doctor said during the video.
She also released a statement on Instagram, addressing the controversy and asserting that her words were taken out of context.
“Recently, a clip from a nearly 2-hour video was taken out of context to make it appear that I, somehow, take lightly what I have advocated for concerning the devastating problem facing the Black maternal health crisis,” the statement read.