The National Black Midwives Alliance (NBMA) is a member supported program of the Southern Birth Justice Network. We offer access to a growing network of black midwives, mentorship opportunities, resources to support academic and professional development, discounts on select conferences and special engagements, as well as a platform to expand our collective voices and be heard.
This year NBMA is entering our third year of service and we are focused on creating a sustainable infrastructure to further our collective needs and establish new opportunities for leadership that will shape the future of our journey.
The Circle of Mamas childbirth preparations series aims to build with and inform teen mothers and parents of their rights during pregnancy, birth and postpartum as well as increasing access to comprehensive health information. This program provides these classes in Miami-Dade County for young pregnant people in high school. The classes include “know-your-rights” training, story sharing circles, and the sharing of quality health care information, including healthy pregnancy, birth options, midwifery care, and breastfeeding support. We also support each of these young parents to make a birth plan that includes their birth option, postpartum, and breastfeeding plans and connect them with providers and services that honor these birth plans.
This program builds movement for Birth Justice by exposing a generation of teen parents to the midwifery model of care. Educating young mothers and parents about their rights is the first step in planting a seed for them to spread the word into their communities about midwifery care and full spectrum reproductive health care 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!
Introductory and comprehensive workshops about Birth Justice that can be tailored to your professional or community organization, healthcare center or school. Please Contact Us for more info.
Sites have included:
International Center for Traditional Childbearing
Midwives Alliance of North America
National College of Midwifery
Over two dozen conferences, local organizations and hospitals
This workshop will explore the rising maternal and infant mortality rates in this country, with a particular lens toward an intersectional analysis. This workshop will introduce participants to the Birth Justice framework through examining how pregnancy, birth and parenting intersect with social, racial and economic justice. Participants will have the opportunity to get involved with interactive methods and tools to engage with building the Birth Justice movement. Participants will strategize about how to utilize a radical approach to organizing education and access to birth options including midwifery care.
The Young Mamas Leadership Institute is a year-long vocational program designed by and for young women of color to prepare young people for careers in social justice and birth work to address health and power disparities in their own communities. This year's summer session will take place virtually. A $150 stipend is provided to all program participants who attend.
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