A woman who had been pregnant with twins, and had lost one of them after she experienced pain but was unable to get an appointment to see a doctor.

Article from the NY Times – “2020 The Year in Pictures”

Flo Ngala always tries to make the subjects of her photographs feel at ease. But she felt a special emotional connection with a Black woman who had been pregnant with twins, and had lost one of them after she experienced pain but was unable to get an appointment to see a doctor.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 5
Chrissy Sample with her son Cassius, whose twin died in the womb. Black mothers and infants are more likely to die during childbirth than their white counterparts, a problem worsened by the pandemic. Flo Ngala for The New York Times

Statistics show that women of color are more likely to face undesirable outcomes in their pregnancies for reasons that public health experts are trying to understand.

“It was very personally and culturally relevant,” she said. “Me being a Black woman, photographing a Black woman, it’s almost like we jumped into it like we knew each other. I showed up to what would normally be a 20-minute portrait, but I ended up hanging out for about an hour. This is not just about a newspaper, this is your life and your unborn child.

“Her best friend was there and we all just started talking and it was crazy to see how emotional I got,” she said.

“I cried when I was photographing. The stories were just heartbreaking.”