“Jodie Turner-Smith was never going to have an entirely ‘normal’ experience when it came to becoming a mother,” begins a recent piece published in British Vogue. It’s true. The 33-year-old model and actress was fresh off the heels of her breakthrough role in the controversial film “Queen & Slim” when she got pregnant, and aside from the customary red-carpet events and glitzy award ceremonies to attend, there was the unpredictable matter of a global pandemic on the horizon.
But it’s not that Turner-Smith’s pregnancy turned out to be a little bit different from what she expected. It was drastically different.
“Nobody really teaches you about what your body goes through to bring a child into the world until you’re actually doing it,” Turner-Smith wrote of her pregnancy in British Vogue’s September 2020 issue. She didn’t know, for example, that her first trimester would be punctuated by persistent nausea, fatigue, and subchorionic bleeds — a pooling of blood between the uterine wall and a membrane that surrounds the embryo — all while juggling her busy schedule shooting “Without Remorse,” her first action movie, with Michael B. Jordan.
But it wasn’t just that she was busy “tearing around the centre of Berlin with tactical gear and a rifle while blowing things up,” or that she was “rushing through an airport to catch a flight back to America” that complicated the pregnancy. Once the pandemic hit and hospitals became flashpoints for COVID-19, the actress and her Canadian-American husband, Joshua Jackson, decided together that it would be safest to welcome their baby to the world at their home, in Los Angeles.
“We had already decided on a home birth, because of concerns about negative birth outcomes for Black women in America — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of...