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.
Join us for an intensive abortion doulas skills lab facilitated by Dr. Michelle Drew on Aug 20th 9am-5pm (EST). There are virtual and in person options to attend. So if you are a doula seeking to expand your services or a newbie inspired to help members of your community to get the essential health care and emotional support of an abortion doula; please take advantage of this free training hosted by the Southern Birth Justice Network.
Dr. Michelle Drew, DNP MPH CNM FNP-C is a practicing nurse midwife, archivist, political activist. She is a descendant of African American women healers that dates back more than 250 years to her 7th great grandmother Sarah a midwife who was free Black woman in Surry County, Virginia.
As a public health nurse of three decades, Mama Michelle as she is known in the North Wilmington community where she proudly lives and serves, has practiced in the United States, Central and South America and Central Africa with a targeted interest in community based research and interventions that improve infant and child survival by optimizing maternal health and infant feeding. With intention she has worked her entire career in marginalized communities.
A practicing midwife with more than 20 years of clinical experience caring for communities made vulnerable by structural racism, she has attended the births of 2700 babies and counting. Providing full scope reproductive health services she walks with people capable of pregnancy through their full health course affirming all their choices of when, where, how, or even if they choose to bear children.
SBJN organizes Black midwives and student midwives to establish a representative voice at the national level that clearly identifies and supports the various needs and interests of Black birthing people.
SBJN offers educational training in the areas of conception, reproductive & maternity care, family planning, abortion & miscarriage services, maternal health, fitness, nutrition, self-care, breast feeding, and birth justice.
SBJN offers a 1-year doula certification training that focuses on supportive services, maternal health/disparities, and advocacy skills to support a healthy pregnancy, termination, as well as multiple birth options.
SBJN's Circle of Mamas share their stories of birth and loss, speak on the challenges and rewards of parenting, and gain insight into birth justice organizing principles. This is a must see for young, expecting parents, and anyone who supports them!
SBJN is a proud collaborative partner of the South Florida Black Mamas Bailout, a part of a national movement to end pretrial detention and ultimately the abolishment of mass incarceration.
3 out of 4 women are in cages for minor offenses like driving with a suspended license. 80% of incarcerated women are parents.
Learn more about how you can support this campaign and please consider making a donation via newfm.win/bailout or donate directly to the Southern Birth Justice Network.
SBJN features highlights of Birth Workers from across the country represented in our recent Birth Workers' Panel. Find out how this dynamic group of Black Midwives and Doulas advocate for Birth Justice in their work and communities.
Bianca shares the birth of her first born son, Jaylen so that young moms like her will be encouraged in their pregnancy and aspirations for an out of hospital delivery. Enjoy moments of triumph as birth unfolds at Magnolia Birth House in North Miami, Florida. Photos by Karyl-Lyn Sanderson
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