Tyra Banks Revisits Issue Of Infertility In The Black Community
Start writing a post
Entertainment

Tyra Banks Revisits Issue Of Infertility In The Black Community

Please stop asking "When is the baby coming?"

63
Tyra Banks Revisits Issue Of Infertility In The Black Community
Yahoo! Style

Famed supermodel Tyra Banks announced the birth of her son, York, with boyfriend, Erik Asla, via Instagram on Jan. 27, 2016. What made this statement so shocking was the fact that Banks mentioned the use of a surrogate or in her words, an "angel of a woman." Surrogacy is when a woman carries the biological child of another individual or couple and a surrogate can be used for various reasons. One of the main reasons is the issue of infertility.

Tyra Banks opened up on her struggle with fertility on her daytime talk show, "FabLife," back in September of 2015 due to Chrissy Teigen discussing her infertility. Referring to having a baby, a tearful Tyra admitted that "It's not so easy." Banks also discussed her emotional experience with IVF (in vitro fertility) treatments that have not produced a pregnancy. In a survey done on married women by the National Survey of Family Growth, it was found that 1.5 million women in the United States are infertile, meaning that these women were unable to conceive despite having carefully timed sex for about a year. Infertility is an issue that is more common than a lot of people perceive it to be.

Due to infertility, many women begin to question their role as a woman. Some women begin to feel as if they are a failure as a woman if they are unable to carry out a successful pregnancy and even become depressed. You can read the actual accounts of five different women detailing how infertility affected their relationships here. Even though infertility affects a variety of women, married black women have almost twice the odds of being considered "infertile" when compared to married white women. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Services and from the National Center for Health Statistic, fifteen percent of white women ages 25 through 44 have gotten medical help like fertility treatments in order to become pregnant while only eight percent of black women have. This can be due in part to a lack of information given to black women in their communities. If nobody educates a woman on fertility treatments, how is she supposed to know about them?

Highlighted in this article from "The New York Times", 'Fertility for Colored Girls' is a support group made for black women struggling with infertility. Fertility is not a widely discussed topic within the black community due in part to the stigma that black women actually have no problem popping out babies like bunnies, which is very offensive, racist, and not true at all. With that being said, you never know who is having issues conceiving a baby due to infertility. You should never go up to a recently married couple and ask, "When is the baby coming?" even if the couple does not seem bothered by that question. It is not really any of your business if the baby is coming soon or not anyway. All you would probably do is send the baby some bibs from Old Navy and make empty promises to help babysit one day.

You can donate to 'Fertility of Colored Girls' here in order to participate in the movement of educating and supporting black women experiencing infertility. Whether you know it or not, you probably came across a black woman who is just like Tyra. I say congratulations to Tyra Banks and Erik Alsa on the birth of their son and also a thank you to Tyra Banks for being open about her dealing with infertility while encouraging other black women to open up about their infertility experiences as well.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

96319
man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses
Pinterest

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

43015
​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

71522
The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments