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Serena Williams Says Childbirth Made Her “Stronger” and Shares Adorable Video of Daughter Alexis Olympia

After opening up about her childbirth complications, Serena Williams took to Facebook on Monday to thank her followers for sharing their own stories and reveal how the experience made her “stronger.”

“I didn’t expect that sharing our family’s story of Olympia’s birth and all of complications after giving birth would start such an outpouring of discussion from women—especially black women—who have faced similar complications and women whose problems go unaddressed,” Williams wrote on Facebook. “These aren’t just stories: according to the CDC, (Center for Disease Control) black women are over 3 times more likely than White women to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes. We have a lot of work to do as a nation and I hope my story can inspire a conversation that gets us to close this gap.”

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