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...

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).

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...

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 18, 2016

I had a plan. To have a natural birth in water. No surgery. No medication. And I even heard the word preeclampsia, albeit in passing, as a reason I would not be able to birth in water if this life-threatening condition arose. I felt informed and then moved through an effortless and healthy pregnancy. Until the 37-week mark.

I felt healthy and ready to deliver any day. However, I didn't...