Second Annual Black Maternal Health Week

Good morning, Radical Nurses!

Today I would like to call attention to the Black Maternal Health Week.

April 11-17th marks the second annual Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) campaign. This year’s theme is “Decolonizing Research to Develop Meaningful Policy for Black Maternal Health.” This campaign was started by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a partnership between the Center for Reproductive Rights and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. BMHW is designed to

deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the United States; 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.

These efforts are rooted in human rights and social and reproductive justice and center the lives, voices, and perspectives of Black women. More information about Black Mamas Matter Alliance here:

The work BMMA, SisterSong, Center for Reproductive Rights, and other reproductive justice groups are vital to precipitating the structural and material changes that are mandatory if we are ever to improve Black maternal and infant health outcomes. This is all the more prescient in the context of diminishing funding for reproductive health care under the Trump administration and the active destruction of abortion access.

Vital work, critical voices, lives of women. Join the conversation and center the “voices, stories, and thought leadership” of Black women. Below, you’ll find links to BMHW webinars. You can also join the Twitter conversation by following @BlkMamasMatter and using the hashtags #BlackMaternalHealthWeek #MaternalHealth and #BMHW19.



Register for the Decolonizing Data and Research in Black Maternal Health Webinar here:

Register for the Maternal Health Policy Priorities for Black Mamas Webinar here:

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