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.
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.
Young mamas and parents deserve access to a full range of reproductive services. Southern Birth Justice Network is working with Forward Together to amplify our campaign for Medicaid coverage for doula care in Florida. We know that doulas help improve health outcomes and help ensure dignity in the birthing process.
*Doulas are non-medical professionals who are trained to offer constant, uninterrupted attention and encouragement to the birthing person. They are skilled in comfort and relaxation techniques for labor (like position changes, breathing exercises, massage) and experienced in giving non-judgmental emotional support. Doulas can also provide support during pregnancy and after giving birth, as well as be an advocate in medical situations.