Black Birth Joy: Honoring Black Birth Justice Organizations and the Lives They Impact

by Feb 19, 20210 comments

As you may know, every month within VBAC Facts Professional Membership, we do a grand rounds, but this month, we are doing grand rounds a little bit differently in honor of Black History Month. We usually review new research related to VBAC, so our members can easily integrate the latest evidence into their practice and communicate what it all means to their clients. Again and again, studies illustrate disparities in healthcare and VBAC access for Black parents.

However, this month we are celebrating and honoring the people who endeavor to change these disparities. So today we are going to take a look at organizations that are actively working to reduce Black infant and maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. We want to acknowledge and support those who are making maternal healthcare for Black parents more equitable.

We are all in this together, so join us for “Black Birth Joy: Honoring Black Birth Justice Organizations and the Lives They Impact.”


The National Association to Advance Black Birth- Black Birthing Bill of Rights

Black Mama’s Matter Alliance – Black Maternal Health Week

National Black Midwives Alliance – Midwife Crush Gallery

Sister Song’s – Trust Black Women partnership

Commonsense Childbirth Institute

Commonsense Childbirth – National Perinatal Task Force

Ancient Songs – Listen to Me Now

Sista Midwife – Largest Database of Black midwives and doulas in the US

Roots of Labor Birth Collective

Uzazi Village- Free Breastfeeding Clinic

Abide Women’s Health Services -Scholarship to Student Midwives of Color

Kindred Space – Birthing People Foundation

Roots Community Birth Center- Journal Article

White Coats For Black Lives – Racial Justice Report Card

The Adaway Group- Freedom School

Diversity Uplifts – Toolkits

Shafia Monroe- Black Midwives Through Time

Black Maternal Health Caucus – Momnibus

Roots Community Birth Center – GoFundMe Fundrasier Organized by Rebecca Polston


Featured Organizations

Abide Women’s Health Service https://www.abidewomen.org/

Abide Support Black Student Midwives https://www.abidewomen.org/abide-t-shirts

Adaway Group Founded by Desiree Lynn Adaway https://adawaygroup.com/

Ancient Song Doula Services https://www.ancientsongdoulaservices.com/

Birthing Project USA: The Underground Railroad for New Life: https://www.birthingprojectusa.org/

Black Mamas Matter Association https://Blackmamasmatter.org/

Black Maternal Health Caucus. https://Blackmaternalhealthcaucus-underwood.house.gov/Momnibus

Black Women Birthing Justice https://www.Blackwomenbirthingjustice.com/

Commonsense Childbirth Founded by Jennie Joseph https://commonsensechildbirth.org/

Diversity Uplifts https://diversityuplifts.yolasite.com/

Frontline Doulas https://www.frontlinedoulas.com/

Kindred Space Founded by Kimberly Durdin and Allegra Hill https://www.kindredspacela.com/

National Black Midwives Alliance https://Blackmidwivesalliance.org/

Roots Community Birth Center https://www.rootsbirthcenter.com/

Shafia Monroe Consulting https://shafiamonroe.com/

Sista Midwife Productions https://www.sistamidwife.com/

Sister Song Reproductive Justice https://www.sistersong.net/reproductive-justice

The National Association to Advance Black Birth https://thenaabb.org/

Uzazi Village http://www.uzazivillage.org/

White Coats for Black Lives https://whitecoats4Blacklives.org/

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As an internationally recognized consumer advocate and Founder of VBAC Facts®, Jen helps perinatal professionals, and cesarean parents, achieve clarity on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) through her educational courses for parents, online membership for professionals, continuing education trainings, and consulting services. She speaks at conferences across the US, presents Grand Rounds at hospitals, advises on midwifery laws and rules that limit VBAC access, educates legislators and policy makers, and serves as an expert witness and consultant in legal proceedings. She envisions a time when every pregnant person seeking VBAC has access to unbiased information, respectful providers, and community support, so they can plan the birth of their choosing in the setting they desire.

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