Q & A about Black Maternal Health Week
When is Black Maternal Health Week?
Black Maternal Health week is April 11th -17th.
Why is Black Maternal Health Week necessary?
According to https://blackmamasmatter.org,
" BMHW is a week of awareness, activism, and community building intended to:
Deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US;
Amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions;
Center the voices of Black Mamas, women, families, and stakeholders;
Provide a national platform for Black-led entities and efforts on maternal health, birth and reproductive justice; and
Enhance community organizing on Black maternal health."
How can you help bring awareness?
Visit the following website: https://blackmamasmatter.org/bmhw/. Also follow your favorite birth workers (or activists) on IG. I'm sure they're sharing all things BLACK BIRTH! I'll post a few favs below.
I became a DOULA!
***Click below to read all about what doulas do!
In the fall of 2021, I saw Homeland Heart Birth and Wellness Collective post an application for community-based doulas. I was eager but hesitant to apply. "Why would they choose me?" and "Why do I think I can help?" are two of the questions I asked myself over and over. I felt uneducated and uninformed on all things birth. Despite feeling anxious, I completed the application and I'm so happy I did. I got the opportunity to spend 6 weeks learning from Black Women with a group a Black Women with a common goal. The experience was magical! ***Insert Black Girl Magic sparkles
This journey has been one for the books, for many reasons. That blog post is coming next!
Why did I decide to become a doula?
Last summer/fall I watched my IG timeline be flooded with RIP for 3 black mothers who lost their lives during childbirth. All three left behind a family who loved them and a baby who NEEDED them. I didn't know these women personally, but their deaths felt like a punch to the gut. I was sad. I was angry. I was confused. & I knew something had to change!
I've watched several women put in the work and educate their respective communities on why doulas (and other birth-workers) are vital and why birth education is crucial (especially in the black community). They are killing it! I'm just proud to know them, join them, and learn from them.
Black women deserve to LIVE. The mortality rates among black birthing women are scary and frustrating. I must do my part to ensure black women are educated & informed about proper care, and receive the birth they want and deserve.
I want to be an advocate for women, but most importantly I want to empower women to advocate for themselves!
Because BIRTHWORK IS ACTIVISM!