Birth Justice recognizes that all peoples can birth and be parents; People of color, immigrant peoples, and LGBTQ+ communities in particular have survived a history of trauma and oppression around our decisions to have and not have babies. We know that when we, mothers and parents, are empowered, our community is transformed. If we bring our babies into the world, with justice, in the natural way, without anyone telling us how to do it, then it nurtures our innate power as mothers and parents to create a free world for our children to play and learn and grow.
Birth Justice includes access to health care during the childbearing year that is holistic, humanistic, and culturally centered. This health care is across the pregnancy spectrum including: abortion, miscarriage, prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. Birth Justice includes the right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy, to choose when, where how, and with whom to birth, including access to traditional and indigenous healers, such as midwives and other birth workers, and the right to breastfeeding support. The complete range of pregnancy, labor, and birth options should be available to everyone as an integral part of reproductive justice. These are our rights as mothers and parents.
Jamarah Amani unpacks the Birth Justice Bill of Rights in Part 1 of a 3 part webinar series on Birth Advocacy. Check it out!
It was great! I really liked the added explanations for the Birth Justice Bill of Rights.
I also needed to hear again the part about setting my limits and the 5 steps for compassionate boundaries.
Is there something you wish people understood about Black Mamahood?
Someone called me bitter today but we take in a lot of bullsh*t.
We take so much weight on our shoulders from when we are little girls. Black women are like the axis that earth rotates on. We are the ones who support and keep everything going in society. Everywhere you go, Black women are the axis of humanity raising our children, other people’s children, doing the grunt work and keeping things going. This is what Mamas Day needs to emphasize. Black women are the strength that built this world.
From little girls, just trying to be pretty as a Black girl in America that is so harsh on Black women. Many of us are treated poorly by men and even our mothers because of generational stuff. We are not bitter, we are tired and over it.
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