Family Begs for Answers After Yet Another Black Mother Dies During Childbirth at NYC Hospital

ShaAsia Washington; Juwan Lopez with baby

For months, Juwan Lopez and his girlfriend Sha-asia Washington had been eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child, a baby girl. When they entered a Brooklyn, New York, hospital on July 2 with concerns about Washington's high blood pressure, they likely thought doctors would calm their fears. But just days later, Juwan would leave the hospital alone as a newly single father, rocked by his girlfriend's sudden death during childbirth. Now, he and Washington's family are begging for answers as to why she became yet another statistic in a silent crisis facing Black American mothers.