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Country music star Mickey Guyton has a lot to sing about these days. The Grammy-nominated star comes from a CMT performance that elevates space and is no stranger to professional accolades – but she is very aware of what comes first.
“We all want money, but I think in the end, no matter what, your family is the most important,” the “Black Like Me” singer told Yahoo Life.
Guyton, 38, welcomed son Grayson with her husband Grant Savoy in February 2021, in what was considered a “geriatric pregnancy.” As a black woman, the country star admits to being concerned about the risks to her health during pregnancy.
“When I found out I was pregnant and when I accepted that I was pregnant, I was horrified. Before I was even pregnant, I read the statistics on black women who died during childbirth, and it was awful for me. , “she says, adding that it contributed to her fear of hearing stories about other high-profile colored women facing mothers’ health problems.
“I read about Beyoncé’s story and Serena Williams’ story, and I thought to myself: if Serena Williams or Beyoncé almost died during childbirth, then how do I survive this? If they were still facing some of the implicit imbalances in the place of birth, it scared me, “she says.
This encouraged Guyton to be proactive in her search for a black doctor who would not invalidate her feelings or worries. She talks about the “relief” she felt after settling on California OB / GYN Dr. Evelyn Nicole Mitchell.
“She knew exactly what I was going through and she assured me that ‘it’ is not happening in her delivery room,” she says. “I felt so safe; I knew she would believe in my pain. She would not let anything happen to me.”
The doctor also eased Guyton’s concerns about being “too old” to have a baby.
“I’m an older mom … and I had some specific thoughts in my head,” she says. “[Mitchell] wiped them completely away from my brain. “
Although Grayson is only 1 year old, he has already been immersed in a country star’s jet-setting lifestyle.
“I have taken my baby with me everywhere, from 2 months old,” Guyton says. “He’s been on so many different planes.”
This technique has allowed her to balance more time with her son. Another busy mom tip? “Let other people hold your baby,” she says, noting that it is helpful for her baby to be comfortable being around and held by other people. Having loved ones around to turn in has also been a game-changer.
“It takes a village,” she says. “I have a lot of help: my parents, my husband’s mother, my brother-in-law. I have a lot of people who help me pursue this career.”
While Guyton enjoys motherhood and looks to her family’s future, one thought sticks out to her: Grayson grows up and goes to school in a few years. Guyton wants to make sure he has a safe environment to get to and from school, something she remembers her mother prioritizing when she was younger.
“My mother drove my brother and sisters and myself to school because she was so afraid we would have to go to school alone,” says the singer, whose recent partnership is a step towards making school zones safer.
“What I love about this initiative is that they make it their mission in 2024 to make 100 different school zones safer globally,” Guyton explains.
Started in North Nashville, 3M’s School Zone Safety Initiative combines the power of innovative reflective road markings and traffic signs with committed communities to help protect the lives of young pedestrians.
Guyton says, “My whole mission and my goal with my own personal career is to really speak up and be a voice for the voiceless.”
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