Did Hospital Staff Make an Awkward Assumption About Keshia Knight Pulliam?
After giving birth to baby Ella Grace in January, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is settling into new motherhood and recently returned to her Kandidly Keshia podcast to express some thoughts on her birthing experience. The Newark, New Jersey native says her lactation consultant in the Atlanta hospital she delivered at may have made some assumptions about her financial status.
The former “Cosby kid” describes an “older little white lady — about 70” who approached her about programs she could access through government that might be helpful for new mothers:
“We have some great programs that you may want to take advantage of that you may need … um, WIC is a great program.”
Keshia goes on to explain how she thinks the lady came to the conclusion that she would need government assistance with she and her newborn’s nutritional needs:
“So I guess she saw this little black girl with the little baby by herself and on the door, I didn’t realize that they’d put like a faux last name and the last name was Brown.”
“So I guess she saw “Miss Brown” and was like, ‘She probably needs some WIC and insurance services.’”
The woman then gave Pulliam a paper with “about 30 different numbers and resources” for her to reach out to.
Pulliam says she cut the woman off and informed her she had excellent insurance and wouldn’t need any assistance before thanking her. She says the woman’s next move is what ultimately made her request a new lactation consultant:
“She didn’t want to touch me – [specialists will typically] guide your boob, show you how to hold it, put it in the baby’s mouth, [but] this lady was not trying to touch my little brown boobie – not at all.”
Is Keshia being extra-sensitive or did that old woman try it? Maybe this woman was just going through the motions and went through her WIC speech with all the new mothers that day or maybe she labeled “Rudy Huxtable” as just another young, single mother in need of the system. I had a nurse who barely wanted to get me ice water after my c-section, so I can attest that not everyone has the best bedside manner. But let’s not knock WIC either because the cost of formula and baby food is no joke. There’s nothing wrong with help for those that need it and maybe the woman was just covering all of her bases.
We’re glad that Keshia is home and can focus on her adorable baby girl and not worry about awkward assumptions by hospital staff.
Did you have any questionable encounters with hospital staff after giving birth?