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

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

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...

November 20, 2015




On November 17, 2015, World Prematurity Day, a landmark initiative was launched at the University of California, San Francisco, the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi). Worldwide 1 in 9 babies are born too soon (prematurely) and Black babies are most likely to not reach their first birthday. Black and Hispanic women are three times and two times more likely than White women to expe...

March 24, 2015


My awakening to birth injustice began thousands of miles away from my hood of Baltimore City where we see some of the poorest birth outcomes in America. It happened in Ghana, West Africa. 


I moved to Ghana in 1999 after working for years as a midwifery apprentice. I felt a strong desire to learn traditional childbirth rituals and customs from African midwives. After a year in the...

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