Black Maternal Health Week 2020

From April 11-17, join Black birth advocates across the nation as we commemorate the third annual Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW). Created and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, BMHW serves to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks. 

While Black Mamas Matter Alliance has canceled all regional and national in-person gatherings for BMHW due to the Coronavirus pandemic, they will still be hosting a webinar series. You can register for the events using the links below. You can also find registration information on Black Mamas Matters Alliance's webpage here

Please note our April Collaboratory has been postponed until further notice. 

Black Maternal Health and the U.S. COVID-19 Response

April 13th @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This webinar will feature birth and reproductive justice health professionals' experiences and guidance with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. Topics will include Black breastfeeding; Navigating Doula services; Access to abortion care; and Hospital protocols in Perinatal health - all from a health equity lens to highlight and address racial injustices and human rights violations of birthing persons and care providers within the U.S. COVID-19 context.
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Shifting and Advancing Black Maternal Health Policy | #BMHW20

April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This webinar will highlight BMMA’s position with respect to Maternal Mortality Review Committees and their engagement with community-based organizations and advocates, along with policy considerations relating to Doula Reimbursement. The webinar will also feature policymakers who will provide insight into federal policy initiatives seeking to address maternal health disparities.

Improving Health Outcomes for Black Mamas through Holistic Midwifery Care | #BMHW20

April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This webinar will address root causes of disparities in black maternal health outcomes and will highlight how the medicalization of childbirth has complicated and marginalized black midwifery in the United States. Challenges and opportunities for Black midwives today will also be explored as we look to traditional and holistic care models as solutions for the maternal mortality crisis.

Centering Black Mamas: In Practice | #BMHW

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This webinar will feature black-led community-based organizations working to advance Black Maternal Health, Rights, and Justice at the local level. Panelists will share strategies and lessons learned from designing and implementing programs centering the needs of Black Mamas.