Birthmark Doula Collective works to improve maternal and infant morbidity and mortality by addressing systemic racism and inequity, and by promoting evidence-based practices within maternal and child healthcare. A few of our ongoing advocacy projects include:
Black Birth Matters is a day-long conference which will feature a series of workshops, panel discussions, open dialogue, art, and healing on issues at the intersections of birth and social justice. All are welcome; however Black birth experiences will be centered. Our conference theme this year is: “Mind over Matter: Mental Health & Mothering.” To develop holistic approaches to correct the poor maternal outcomes that plague Women of Color in the US, we must center mental health and well-being. All funds raised during this event will be used to provide doula services to low income families of color in New Orleans free of charge.
#BlackBirthMatters 2018: October 27
Cafe Istanbul and New Orleans Healing Center,
New Orleans, LA
Click HERE to register.
Queer Parenting Project
In partnership with a number of birth workers and social justice workers in New Orleans, we support LGBTQ families who are planning for pregnancy and parenting. Our goal is to create a resource directory that will connect families with LGBTQ-friendly medical, legal and support services.
Birth Violence Toolkit
A guide for parents, families and birth workers on healing from and building beyond violence in the birth room. A guide for ourselves and for our birthing families, because violence in the birth room happens too often and because it affects us all. Birth is not only the most common hospitalization, it is also the first act of parenting, the beginning of life for us all. How we do birth matters, not just for pregnant women but for all of us and our future. This guide is meant to be used by women, their families and birth workers.
A quarterly meeting of lactation support people to review and learn from recent lactation case studies. Birthmark's Grand Rounds mimics the teaching tool and tradition in medical education, which places value on praxis and peer education. At each session, a case study is presented an open discussion will address current practice issues, collaboration and questions. Our next Grand Rounds will be held on July 12, 5:30 to 7PM. Find details here. Free and open to the public - please register here!