Actor Joshua Jackson said his wife, actress Jodie Turner-Smith, gave birth to her daughter at home because the American medical system has little experience when it comes to treating black women.
Turner-Smith gave birth in April 2020, when hospitals sought to stop the spread of COVID-19 by banning visitors – even partners – from forcing women to give birth alone.
But Jackson said his decision was driven more by fears of discrimination.
“The American medical system has a horrible history with Black women,” Jackson said Esquire.
In the United States, And black women I know twice and a half more likely more likely to die during pregnancy, childbirth, or immediately after childbirth compared to white women. Doctors spoke to Insider to testify black women face discrimination during labor.
Jackson, best known for his role in Dawson’s Creek, met Turner-Smith at a party in 2018. Last week, he told Insider’s Libby Torres that they then had a “three-night stand,” and they stay together then.
When it came to having their first child, Jackson said Esquire, racial discrimination in the U.S. medical system was on top of their minds.
“I wanted her to be in a place where she was as comfortable as possible, I understand. And I wanted her to be in a place where she felt at every step of the way, rather than having to go through that filter to be a black woman who interfaces with the American medical system, ”Jackson said.
Being born at home, he said, was “a magical experience – we’re not talking enough about the positives.”