Midwifery care is holistic, healing, and humanistic. It has a rich herstory and legacy in communities of color.
Our vision is to make this care accessible to all peoples- especially Black, Brown, youth, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ+, low- income and other marginalized communities.
Our mission is to expand Birth Justice by using story telling, popular education, and community organizing to improve access to midwifery and doula care.
SBJN organizes Black midwives and student midwives with the goal to have a representative voice at the national level that clearly outlines and supports the various needs and interests of Black midwives.
SBJN offers educational workshops and trainings in the areas of
preconception, family planning, abortion, miscarriage services, maternal health, family rights, and nutrition.
SBJN offers a doula certification training that focuses on reducing health disparities, hands on comfort measures, and advocacy skills to support clients through pregnancy and birth.
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In this webinar Southern Birth Justice Network facilitates a timely discussion amongst birth workers and birthing people. Expert panelist offer a historical perspective on black midwifery, explore best practices amid the Covid-19 crisis, share legislative ambitions, and unpack birth justice as it relates in their practices, clients, and communities.
Southern Birth Justice Network facilitates a virtual forum for Young Mamas to share birth stories, thoughts on parenting, and ideas about birth justice. it here.
This virtual training is for doulas OR anyone who is in an advocacy role, including pregnant mamas or their partner/family.
Doulas are non-medical birth professionals who provide support for pregnant, birthing and postpartum people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that support is mostly virtual due to hospital restrictions.
Mamas giving birth with doula support are two times less likely to experience birth complications.
Doulas advocate to make sure their clients' voices are heard and medical information is communicated so that they understand and can make their own best choices for themselves and their babies.
Doulas are birth companions, and also support people through miscarriages, abortions and adoptions.
Doulas protect bodily autonomy in a system that consistently shows very little respect for pregnant and birthing people.
Doulas are a critical way that we can address racial disparities in maternal and newborn health. Also the advocacy tools and strategies used by doulas need to be accessible to every birthing person and their family during this time of uncertainty and shifting policies at birth facilities.
-The Birth Justice Bill of Rights
-Advocacy Tools for Doulas and Support People
-Changes to perinatal care during COVID-19 -How to apply these tools for the prenatal, birth or postpartum period
-Self-care and community care as an advocate
Chosen and Given: A Guided Meditation
In celebration of Black Maternal Health week we encouraged our Mamas to turn inward to focus on health, self-acceptance, and self love in a special guided meditation. Find a comfortable seated position and click on the link below.
SBJN presented an overview of the History of Black Midwifery Timeline at the Black & Brown Womxn at the Center: RJ 101 Workshop. Executive Director, Jamarah Amani spoke on the life and legacy of ancestor Midwives and how their work became a precursor to Reproductive Justice as we experience it today.