As for Ruth, it has only been a week and a half since she became a big sister, so she's still adjusting to her new baby brother being around as a permanent member of the household.
"When I'm around, she kisses his forehead and is so sweet," Martinez said. "I walk into the kitchen the other day to go get something and I walk back into the living room and she's standing over his swing hitting him as hard as she can — like straight-up arm-above-the-head whacking, in full force."
The mother of two "tried not to overreact" but admitted she couldn't help "freaking out" over the incident.
"I was like, 'I've got a full-on psychopath.' … It was so scary," she said. "So that's another thing: I have to be his protector and protect him from Ruth trying to murder him."
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Martinez also touched on some statistics about birth in general for white women versus Black, both on the podcast and in an Instagram caption alongside snaps from Franklin's birth, shot by photographer Lauren Guilford.
"Birthing as a white woman is a privilege in and of itself — my baby and I are statistically so much safer — but I am SO privileged to be wealthy and healthy enough to birth in the comfort of my home, surrounded by tender and compassionate care," she wrote. "The infant mortality rate for babies of Black mothers is double the rate of babies born to white mothers. According to the CDC, Black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health. In 2017 in NYC, Black women were TWELVE times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes."
The former reality star went on to note that "Black, college-educated mothers who gave birth in local hospitals were more likely to suffer severe complications of pregnancy or childbirth than white women who never graduated from high school," and said that surveys have shown "half of white medical trainees believe such myths as Black people have thicker skin or less sensitive nerve endings than white people."
"Where does this end? When will it stop? Black women deserve compassionate care. Safe pregnancy and birth is a privilege. A home birth with a midwife who is the same color as me is a huge privilege," she added, directing her followers to a GoFundMe campaign to support Black birth workers and promising to match up to $4,000 in donations each from herself and her podcast.
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