By Grace Beverley
Candice Braithwaite is the Sunday Times best-selling author, presenter, journalist and founder of Make Motherhood Diverse: an initiative fighting for equal representation for mothers and parents. Initially a content creator and 'mumfluencer', Candice began posting on her socials in 2015 to document her journey of motherhood, keen to disrupt the flawless 'yummy mummy' facade online. The authenticity of her account resonated with thousands online, empowering her to write her first of three bestseller books.
During the episode, I had the opportunity to speak with Candice about her revelations about being a black woman and mother. She shed light on a shocking statistic; that black women are 5x more likely to die in childbirth than white women. Candice herself went through a particularly turbulent first birth experience, meaning she could not be present in the first six weeks of her daughter's life.
Throughout Candice's story, there is grit, courage and perseverance. Her experiences of systemic racism, her concerns as a black woman, and her view as to what must now be done are told with light-hearted humour and energy. Candice also speaks for the first time about an online public attack from a fellow mumfluencer that forced her to 'go mute' online.
- From marketing to mumfluencer: a whistle-stop tour of Candice's career
- Candice's mission: to make motherhood more inclusive
- The Instagram trolling scandal (an inside scoop)
- Systemic racism in healthcare and the inadequate care of black mothers
- Breaking the stigmas surrounding motherhood and abortion - 'I don't need your abortion story - your body your choice'
- The #1 problem with maintaining transparency online
- Dating and relationships
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