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...

In April 2018, the Black Mamas Matter Alliance sponsored the first ever Black Maternal Awareness week to highlight the shameful tragedy of preventable maternal deaths of women during childbirth – a burden disproportionally experienced by Black women. This event was the culmination of a conversation that many have been having amongst themselves including birth workers, clinicians, resea...

August 3, 2018

​​A little over a month ago, I underwent the Birth Arts International (BAI) training in Philadelphia, PA. Taught by a former midwife, my course included a two-day weekend intensive alongside seven other individuals from various walks of life. I came to the table having never witnessed a birth but with an internal certainty that this was my calling: supporting people through transitions...

May 11, 2016

 

On October 28th I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter. It was not a joyous discovery because it was followed by rejection from the baby's father, along with verbal and emotional abuse. I wrestled with major depression during my pregnancy while battling with whether I should keep my daughter or not because I feared raising my daughter by myself. But I was grateful to be surr...

April 13, 2016

Black Women Birthing Justice invites you to join the conversation about our new book Birthing Justice. Every two weeks, we will post a new chapter from the book on our blog alongside messages from the editors and contributors. Readers are invited to read the chapter, and comment on the questions from the Discussion Guide in the space below this blog. Please indicate your name and locat...

February 4, 2016

Birth justice – obstetric violence – dehumanized care – respectful maternity care – why do we have these conversations?

 

Globally there are far too many incidents of disrespect and violations to women and their families during pregnancy, labor and birth. Although there is little actual data available the stories are all too familiar. In the Caribbean region, women accessing care are too...

April 20, 2015

 


I became a first time mother at the age of 29 and prior to that my hubby and I were very excited to start our family. As starry eyed beginners we started reading every parenting and childbirth book we could get our hands on, and as our due date rolled closer, we took every childbirth and lactation class we could take.  We were going to be winners at childrearing!  

 

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