We would like to invite you to join us on Friday, April 29 at 6pm, for an informational call for our upcoming Community Medic Training.You don’t want to miss this information session led by grassroots Birth Justice activists! This session is open to all, regardless of whether you will attend the full Community Medic Training. You can register here:
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The in-person training is happening in Miami Springs on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. Community Medics sustained our communities health through Civil Rights and Anti-War movements, reawaken the skills our ancestors gifted us to be health advocates for one another. We will be learning basic life skills for tending to for pregnant people, neighbors experiencing trauma, wounded people and other community emergencies. We are the community based alternative, we are where community wellness starts. You can register here: http://bit.ly/2022communitymedic
We Are on Fire for Birth Justice!!
Global Black Midwifery: Panel and Screening | Monday, April 11th, 2022 at 12:00 PM-1:30 PM EST
Black Mamas Matter Alliance and National Black Midwives Alliance are excited to present the Global Black Midwifery Panel and Screening on April 11 at noon EST as an official event of Black Maternal Health Week 2022, while also marking International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. The event will feature a report back from the 2022 Zanzibar Cultural Midwifery Exchange from NBMA Director, Midwife Jamarah Amani. A segment of the documentary, Legacy Power Voice: Movements in Black Midwifery, featuring new footage from Zanzibar, will also be shown.
Register Here: bit.ly/globalblackmidwifery
Miami Birth Justice Initiative 101 | Monday, April 11th, 2022 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm EST
What side are you on my people….what side are you on? We on the freedom side!!!
Come join us on Monday April 11th, 2022 at 6:30pm-8:30pm for an interactive workshop outlining our three year campaign to transform Jackson Hospital Systems. Jackson is the 3rd largest hospital system in the country. We believe if we can transform Jackson to increase the quality maternal and infant care that those changes will have ripple effects across the nation. We officially launched the campaign during our press conference back in November and we have been busy since. This space is for anyone who believes in birth justice. Come get updates on the campaign, our plans to WIN and learn your role in making this all possible. It’s going to take all of us, see you soon (virtually)!
Register Here: https://bit.ly/mbji101
Midwifery in Black: A Black Maternal Health Week Roundtable | Tuesday, April 12th 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
"Midwifery in Black: Black Maternal Health Week Roundtable" will be an NBMA virtual event commemorating Black Maternal Health Week, held on April 12th, from 6-8pm EST. The event will feature a roundtable discussion among Black midwives centered on the importance of culturally congruent midwifery care in the Black community. Using Midwife Jamarah Amani's 21-Point Black Midwives Care Model, developed with the insights, perspectives, and experiences of many Black midwives, roundtable participants will discuss various aspects of care provided to Black mamas that are unique to the Black experience and which benefits Black families. The discussion will end with policy recommendations and a Q&A will be opened up to the audience. Roundtable participants represent a diversity of scope and practice settings.
Register Here: https://bit.ly/midwiferyinblack
Florida Black Doula Collective Launch | Wednesday April 13 2022 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm EST
The Florida Black Doula Collective Launch Social is going to be a celebration of the official lauch of SBJN's Florida Black Doula Collective. The Florida Black Doula Collective mission is to expand Birth Justice by using our collective power to improve access to doula care. Our vision is to make sure every single birthing family has access to a birth justice doula in the state of Florida. Our purpose is to provide culturally congruent doula support.
A space where black doulas in Florida can come together to connect and build economic power. Allies are welcome! This will be an In-Person event with a virtual live option.
Register Here: https://bit.ly/flblackdoulasocial
Florida Black in Repro: Black Maternal Health Week | Wednesday, April 13th 6:30pm- 7: 30pm EST
On the 5th anniversary of Black Maternal Health Week, join the FRF Black in Repro committee for a conversation with Black mamas, health care workers, family members, healers, and policymakers "Building for Liberation" by protecting Black birthing.
Register Here: https://bit.ly/FRF2022BMHW
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 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.
We are pleased to announce that Southern Birth Justice Network annual Birth Justice Doula Training & Certification is happening on Friday March 25, 2022, Saturday March 26, 2022 and Sunday March 27, 2022 and will be completely virtual! Southern Birth Justice Network (SBJN) firmly believes that training more Black and Brown LGBTQ+ people to become doulas will help reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and birthing people will get the dignity they deserve.
For Black folks especially, there are so many barriers to being healthy. We are here to challenge these health disparities and inequities! This training is one step toward being a health advocate in your community. The Birth Justice Doula Training is open to the community; ideal for aspiring, new, and experienced doulas, or anyone else eager to gain skills in advocacy, holistic care, and justice in birth work.
Participants will develop knowledge and skills to support birthing families to optimize their outcomes.
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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