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
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.
SBJN offered our first Community Medic Training. Attendees were presented with hands-on life saving skills from midwives, doctors, first responders, and CPR specialists. Find out how you can help in an emergency!