April 17, 2021
Black Maternal Health Week Needs to be 52 Weeks a Year
By: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE | 0 Comments
Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW21) ends today, but perinatal professionals need to acknowledge that this focus is not something that should be elevated one week a year. The atrocious maternal morbidity and mortality rate faced by childbearing Black people demands attention and action every single day. There is simply no time to rest, as people are dying while trying to grow their families.
Here are some amazing Black perinatal organizations that are uniquely qualified to serve Black families. This list is just a small compilation of resources, and identifies those organizations with a national presence. You should identify similar groups that are local to your community, so you can include that information as well and make it easier for Black families to identify the right resources for them.
Black Perinatal and Medical Organizations
National Black Doulas Association
National Association to Advance Black Birth
Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association
National Black Midwives Alliance
Association of Black Women Physicians
The National Birth Equity Collaborative
Sista Midwife Productions and the Sister Midwife Director
Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Black Women’s Health Imperative
Health Connect One
Black Women Do Breastfeed
National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color
Therapy for Black Girls
Black Therapists Rock
Additionally the guide published by The New York Times: Protecting Your Birth: A Guide for Black Mothers should be referenced and shared.
The authors of the above guide, Erica Chidi, a doula, and Erica P. Cahill, M.D., an OB, also created a valuable "Anti-Racist Prenatal & Postnatal Care Preferences" document to address the impact of racism on the care of Black pregnant people that share ways to keep them safe and respected. This list is well organized and on point. The authors state that the goal is to “lessen the burden and build the groundwork for Black women around these difficult conversations.”. You can access it here.
Make every week of the year Black Maternal Health Week. It matters.
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