Although she will play no part at Melbourne Park over the next two weeks, Williams' sparkling record can not be ignored.
Her daughter, Alexis Olympia, was born via emergency Caesarean section due to the baby's alarmingly low heart rate.
What followed was a traumatic six-day a pulmonary embolism (when arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot) that led to multiple surgeries and complications. Thankfully, the surgery was successful and a handsome, healthy baby emerged.
While recovering the next day at the hospital, Serena felt a shortness of breath. She quickly anxious that she was getting blood clots in her lungs, and told the medical staff about her symptoms and concerns. Furthermore, Serena's fresh C-section wound had popped open from her coughing fits caused by the pulmonary embolism, and when she returned to surgery, doctors discovered a large hematoma had flooded her abdomen - caused by the lifesaving blood-thinning medication she was taking for her blood clots.
"I absolutely want more grand slams". Had Williams not persisted, there's a chance she may not have survived the blood clots. Almost a third of births in the United States are, and Williams' procedure was flawless.
In December, ProPublica published an article detailing the ways that hospitals that primarily serve Black communities are failing mothers to a deadly extent. I've broken down I don't know how many times. Williams was able to discuss the trauma of her birth experience from the safety of her living room, but many other American women, especially those also of color, nearly certainly would not have had the same experience. Now, Black women in NY are 12 times more likely to die than white women, according to NPR.
Serena Williams tells Vogue that she dealt with a medical scare right after the birth of her daughter.
Serena Williams, who is undoubtedly extremely familiar with her body's needs, was doubted by the people who should put her well-being above all. However, results in the past year have shown that without Serena, the field is highly uncertain. MomsRising has been collecting stories from moms about their childbirth experience, with the goal of amplifying the voices of moms, while also demonstrating the need for more and better data about deaths of Black mothers during and soon after childbirth. Doctors and other health care providers are quick to dismiss the concerns of women, and black women in particular.
On the difficulties of motherhood, Williams said, "Sometimes I get really down and feel like, "man, I can't do this".
In his new post on Thursday, Ohanian, who tied the knot with Williams in November, wrote next to a picture of his wife and child, "I can't imagine life without these two".