Action Points - Join Us to Make Change Happen!

BWBJ is organizing toward the following goals:

 

  1. To enhance black women’s faith in their strength and resilience, and empower them to make healthy choices and to stand up for the pregnancy and birth experience they envision.

 

  1. To improve black women’s access to appropriate and affordable prenatal, labor and delivery and postpartum care.

 

  1. To improve black women’s knowledge about and access to natural and alternative childbirth practices.

 

  1. To improve black women’s knowledge about and access to alternative birthing sites, including home birth and birth centers.

 

  1. To advocate for the right of low-income women and women on welfare to make healthy and non-coerced decisions about whether to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy, to chose when, where and with whom to birth, and to access antenatal, birthing and breastfeeding support.

 

  1. To end shackling and dangerous conditions for imprisoned pregnant women, and to advocate for the release of pregnant and parenting women from prisons, jails and detention centers.

 

  1. To improve black women’s knowledge about and access to culturally appropriate birthworkers such as doulas and midwives.

 

  1. To educate black women about the effects of medical interventions in labor and delivery, and ensure they are fully aware of potential risks and side effects.

 

  1. To provide a forum for healing and support for black women recovering from birth trauma and to support pregnant and postpartum black women in reporting and challenging medical abuses.

 

  1. To challenge media representations that fuel a fear of natural birth, or encourage overuse of medicalization and drug use during labor and delivery.

 

  1. To provide information about the benefits of breastfeeding, provide positive images, and to challenge corporate and medical promotion of baby milk formula to black women.

 

  1. To ensure that all progressive movements, including the feminist, reproductive rights, natural birth, civil rights, environmental justice, prison abolition, LGBTQ and immigrant rights movements understand and support birth justice, and include the concerns, experiences and leadership of black women.

 

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