May 2021 – Preemie Genius

Black, Pregnant and Shamed is a book written to provide support to women who are experiencing high-risk pregnancies and have had a child born prematurely. It is the tell-all story of Mrs. California United America and Founder of Glo Preemies, Ashley Randolph-Cooley, a 3-time high-risk pregnancy mom, resulting in the preterm births of each of her children.

This book was designed to help guide you to the finish line by providing valuable tools, resources and inspiration to support you through your high-risk pregnancy. It provides an insightful light into racial disparities in the NICU and how that can affect the outcome of pregnancy and birth for Black mothers.

                                        More about the Author

Ashley Randolph-Cooley, Founder of Glo Preemies, Co-Founder of the Alliance for Black NICU Families

Ashley Randolph saw a strong need to change the conversation when it comes to how Black
NICU Families are treated in the NICU, at home and in school. Systemic racism is prevalent in every setting for these families and sets the stage for a vulnerable infant to grow into a child witnessing healthcare, therapeutic and educational environments that are inadequate in terms of racial and healthy equity. Ashley is the African-American mother of 3 preemies, founder of GLO Preemies™ (, co-Founder of the Alliance for Black NICU Families and Advisory Board Member to California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative. She was Mrs. California United America in 2018-2020 and is currently Mrs. California Virtuous Woman. It is her mission to provide continuous and complete family centered care to African-American families in low income communities.

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