Women of color who plan to give birth to a child in the United States are at risk of losing their lives. That is the message from California mother Bianca Dickerson Willliams who suffered catastrophic life-altering injuries at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center during the delivery of her second child. Dickerson Willliams' injuries were so severe that it was three years before she could physically pick up her daughter. For the first time, Dickerson Willliams is publicly sharing details of her traumatic experience in the delivery room and the courtroom in the new documentary "Bianca’s Story: Black Moms at Risk”
In 2016, Dickerson filed a lawsuit against The Regents of the University of California, alleging professional negligence, fraud and concealment, and loss of consortium. The fight for justice is in its sixth year, a waiting game only the hospital has the time and money to play indefinitely.
“Instead of holding my baby in my arms that day, I was hoping and praying to God that I was going to make it out alive,” said Dickerson. “Instead of owning up to their catastrophic mistakes, conducting tests, and finding solutions for the debilitating physical pain they caused, the hospital sent a social worker to evaluate my mental state and ask if I have diapers at home. I felt unheard, ignored, and humiliated.”
Christian is an award-winning filmmaker with a fifteen year career spanning multiple areas of film, television and video production. He has a background directing TV commercials in Australia and has directed many corporate films for major international companies.
Christian co-directed and produced the short film, ‘Chicken Karma’, which won the People’s Choice award at the Melbourne Environmental Film Festival in 2012 and received a Special Mention at the Montana International Film Festival. ‘Chicken Karma was ‘Officially Selected‘ for five international film festivals.
Christian lives in LA with his wife and their new baby daughter.
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From an early age, Bianca Dickerson Williams had a passion for the law, a deep desire to impact the legal community for justice and wanting to be on the right side of it. She pursued her passion. Bianca holds a J.D. degree from Western Michigan University - Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is certified in electronic evidence discovery. She has spent her career in the legal profession providing consultative subject matter expertise to clients in companies, law firms, and government agencies involved in controlling and mitigating risk, as well as a variety of legal disputes and investigations. What Bianca never imagined is that one day she would be waging her own fight for justice, publicly discussing her traumatic experience in the delivery room and a health care system that is stacked against African American and Indigenous mothers. Bianca is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Inroads Inc. Alumni, and CALIBR-Executive Leadership Council. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and two children who are her greatest achievements.
Bianca explains the role of racism in healthcare.
Bianca explains how the lives of Black & Brown Moms are at risk.
Bianca explains how she is turning pain into action.