November 26, 2019

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The Black community is facing a horrific health crisis that isn't gaining enough attention. The high infant mortality rate of Black/African-American women is an alarming statistic.

The United States faces 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births nationally, but behind these numbers hide severe racial disparities. In Oakland alone, the Alameda County Public Health Departmen...

Article: Black Mama's Matter 

Media: Washington Post  - Local Opinions 

By Tyra Wilkes

Dated: August 9

Credit/ Link to article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/local-opinions/black-mamas-matter/2019/08/09/e5724786-b79b-11e9-b3b4-2bb69e8c4e39_story.html

Linda: She speaks the truth. It's time to stop "studying and researching"things we already know the answer to. The money would...

Many of us remember the tragedy of the Nestlé babies who died after the formula company pressured African, Latin American and Asian mothers to abandon nursing in favor of the formula, which was touted as healthier and more hygienic than their own milk.World Breastfeeding Week from August 1-7

May 10, 2019

I chose to have a midwife-led home birth with the understanding that Black birthing people disproportionately experience poor treatment in clinical settings and are faced with negative pregnancy and birth outcomes including preeclampsia, hemorrhage, pregnancy loss, and death (Amnesty International 2010).

April 25, 2019

Black Maternal Health Week Webinar hosted by Black Mama's Matter 

WATCH THE WEBINAR: Battling Over Birth - The Power of Research Justice and Grass Roots Action 

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More about Black Maternal Health Week: 

Black Maternal Health Week takes place every year from April 11 –17. The month of April is recognized in the United States as National Minority Health Month – a month-long ini...

April 23, 2019

In recognition of Black Maternal Health Week 2019 (BMHW19)

Birth Rights Bar Association (BRBA) and National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) hosted a webinar entitled  Racism, Obstetric Violence and Black Women'sBodies  

The webinar can be accessed at:

https://zoom.us/recording/share/r0V6X_AjaFRzS6uMK2uM14p9vowgE_nT2raIW_oeKaCwIumekTziMw

Access Password: BMHW19

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February 28, 2019

Expectant mothers are magnets for attention. Strangers in elevators comment on their baby bumps. Co-workers offer unprompted advice. Family and friends pass judgment on everything from epidurals to pregnancy diet to breastfeeding.

All that scrutiny could be too much to bear for any mom-to-be. But, it can be especially fraught for Black women. Some may struggle to get quality maternity c...

November 29, 2018

What started as an idea, metamorphosed into a day of intention and a space with great history filled with Black women activists, researchers, birth workers, visionaries and clinicians collectively sick and tired of being sick and tired. Tired we were, but invigorated we felt. On a dewy Sunday morning, I stood in a circle of 18 strong, all locking hands. Breathing slowly in ...and then...

November 19, 2018

On November 20th, those of us who support movements to save black and trans lives, remember the black trans women and men whose lives and deaths testify to the intersections of transphobia and racism. But what happens when the mourning is over? Too often black trans faces are hyper-visible when we are memorializing those we have lost, but missing at other times. And trans people are al...

November 7, 2018

As Adoption Awareness Month is celebrated in the news with group adoptions across the country, we as black women need to question the common sense narratives that we are fed about adoption.

When my partner and I began the process for becoming parents through adoption, I was focused on my journey, and the joy of welcoming a new little person into our family. We were quickly bombarded wit...