Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who joined us in New Orleans at our second Black Birth Matters conference on October 27th for this day of workshops, panel discussions, open dialogue, art & healing focusing on the intersection of birth and social justice. Our theme this year was: “Mind over Matter: Mental Health & Mothering.” To correct the poor maternal outcomes that plague Women of Color in the US, we must develop holistic approaches that center mental health and well-being.
All funds raised during this event are be used to provide doula services to low-income families of color in New Orleans free of charge.
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Black Birth Matters 2016
Our inaugural Black Birth Matters took place in October of 2016 and was attended by over 75 healers, artists, parents, medical professional, legal experts & birthworkers from New Orleans & nearby areas. The idea for this convergence sprang from the need to address the issues that Black birthing families face in Louisiana and across the country—medical trauma, increasing rates of maternal & infant mortality and morbidity, a lack of access to breastfeeding support, and criminalization.
We know that the best way to address these issues is to center care on Black families, and to strategize with other Black birthworkers and our allies. Black Birth Matters was a huge first step to creating the networks we need to identify our collective goals & begin working together to realize them. It was also a time to reflect on our community, recognize all our individual strengths & talents and remind ourselves that we’re capable of doing absolutely anything.