Happy Black Maternal Health Week!

Black Maternal Health Week Mamas! I'm super pumped about BMHW this year because I have a lot of AMAZING content coming that I cannot wait to share with you! I've been going hard and turning up my #momboss game to another level with a new radio show, shorter podcast, and a pop-up shop launching this weekend!

I had the honor of speaking with some of the leaders in Black Maternal Health about this important mission, including Jamarah Amani, founder of the Southern Birth Justice Network - so you better come back! And if you don't know what Black Maternal Health week is all about, here are some quick details:

Black Maternal Health Week takes place every year from April 11 –17. The month of April is recognized in the United States as National Minority Health Month – a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. Additionally, Black Mamas Matter Alliance is joining dozens of global organizations who are fighting to end maternal mortality globally in advocating that the United Nations recognize April 11th as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.

The second annual national Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) campaign, founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, is a week of awareness, activism, and community building intended to:

  • Deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US;
  • Amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions; 
  • Center the voices of Black Mamas, women, families, and stakeholders;
  • Provide a national platform for Black-led entities and efforts on maternal health, birth and reproductive justice; and
  • Enhance community organizing on Black maternal health.

The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks.

You can get more details about black Maternal Health Week on the Black Mamas Matter website.

Click here for a lineup of events they are having this week!

If you happen to be a fellow birth worker, journalist or activist be sure to download the Tool Kit and event schedule so you can help spread the word Black Maternal Health Week!

And keep up with me on Instagram @thankyounicky for behind the scenes, sneak peeks and giveaways :-)

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