To ensure that all progressive movements
understand and support birth justice.
A Message of Acknowledgement and Permission for Black Women from Black Women Birthing Justice
June 4, 2020
Black women are expected to operate at such high levels all the time… zero days, minutes or moments off!
It’s unbelievable that we take care of our families, advocate in our communities, get on zoom calls, all in this continual traumatic cycle.
How do we learn to move through the trauma? How do we continue when everybody's going to expect us to check-in with and take care of our loved ones, cook the food, make the signs, be on the frontline, make the speeches, and guide white people and organizations through managing this moment? How? In a recent BWBJ collective meeting, we processed these questions ourselves.
It’s too much!
As Black women, we are expected to continue doing it all. But we just want to take a f****** nap, because we're exhausted. And yet, we continue to do it all. #napministry
We’re not just fighting for 40 weeks, the postpartum period, and the baby’s first birthday, we are fighting for people to live and thrive to a ripe old age.
And we are angry.
Why are we making all this effort to make sure that birthing families can birth in the environment they choose, with dignity, autonomy, human rights, and not die bringing life to this world, only to have their child be killed by the state?
Black women, however you feel, and however you need to take care of yourself in your community- ALL of it is valid. Acknowledge it, lean into it. Know that whatever it is, that it's okay.
It’s okay to be angry.
It's okay to grieve.
It’s okay to not engage with your white friends on social media.
It's okay to be okay with sh*t burning down.
It's okay to go out.
It's okay to stay home.
It's okay to take care of your family.
It's okay to take care of yourself.
It’s okay to feel.
DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO!
We, the women of Black Women Birthing Justice, are feeling it too. We are in this together, supporting one another and leaning on the legacy of our ancestors who’ve been here before. In the words of our great mother, Dr. Maya Angelou:
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From DONA International:
"This book clearly lays out the barriers facing Black families, but it also offers solutions. I think every professional who works with parents and babies of any color should read this book."
—Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
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"Battling Over Birth: Black Women
and the Maternal Health Care Crisis reveals hard truths—
powerful findings on the role of racism, coercion,
inadequate prenatal care, the pressures undermining
breastfeeding, and the lack of access to alternatives to a
broken maternal healthcare system as the key threads of
Black women’s birth experiences."
--Kimberly Seals Allers, MS, is an award-winning journalist, author, and an
internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and advocate for maternal
and infant health.
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Who we are
Black Women Birthing Justice is a collective of African-American, African, Caribbean and multiracial women who are committed to transforming birthing experiences for Black women and transfolks. Our vision is that every pregnant person should have an empowering birthing experience, free of unnecessary medical interventions and forced separation from their child. Our goals are to educate, to document birth stories and to raise awareness about birthing alternatives. We aim to challenge medical violence, rebuild confidence in our ability to give birth, and decrease disproportionate maternal and infant mortality.