HEALTH WEEK 2022
Join Birth Manifesta in a week of awareness, education, reclamation and community building in honor of #BMHW22
Building for Liberation: Centering Black Mamas, Black Families and Black Systems of Care
In solidarity with
This year marks the fifth year anniversary of the Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) campaign. Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), BMHW 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.
BMMA uses the phrase “BLACK MAMAS” to represent the full diversity of our lived experiences that includes birthing persons (cis-women, trans folks, and gender-expansive individuals) that are people of African descent across the diaspora (Afro-Latinx, African-American, AfroCaribbean, Black, and African Immigrant). Black Mamas are taking control and building towards their liberation unapologetically. We recognize, celebrate, and support those who care for and mother our families and communities whether they have given birth or not. We stand in solidarity with all Black Mamas.
Monday, April 11 - BMHW22 Kick Off
Building for Liberation through the Lens of Birth Work
This virtual conversation discusses the differences and intersection of the roles of doulas and midwives and why each is vital to the birth justice movement.
IG Live @ 6pm CST
Moderator: Chemyeeka Tumblin, PositivelyMyeek
Speakers: Tanya Smith-Johnson, Tanzye Hill, Bria Bailey
Tuesday April 12 - Fathers on the Frontline
An IG Live shining light on the fathers behind the fight. This conversation puts faces to the advocacy work that occurs both in the home, hospital, and other birthing spaces.
IG Live @ 6pm CST
Moderator: Patrick Walker-Reese
Speakers: Robert Taylor, Brian Mells, and Andre Anderson
Wednesday, April 13 - The Revolution will be Rolled
Join us for ice cream and hot topics about the intersection of reproductive justice and civil rights. This conversation will be led by some of our local leading ladies on the front lines of policy and change.
Location: Rolled 4 Ever
Moderator: Christianne Buggs
Speakers: Khadijia Babb, Rasheedat Fetuga
Thursday, April 14 - Building for Liberation:
Community, Conversation, and Celebration
Join us as we wrap up BMHW Nashville 2022 with music, food, and fellowship. The purpose of this event is to acknowledge the work of those in our community committed to the advancement of black maternal health. We are bringing the virtual conversations to the stage as we extend a call to action to continue the work of black maternal health in Nashville beyond this week-long initiative.
Location: The Honey Alexander Center
Time: Doors open at 6pm
SUPPORT NASHVILLE BLACK MAMAS AND BABIES
The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world where maternal mortality is rising. And, the U.S. has nearly the highest maternal mortality rate among high-income countries. Each year, approximately 700 American women die during pregnancy, childbirth or subsequent complications. — Forbes, August 2021
Studies suggest that increased access to doula care, especially in under-resourced
communities, can improve a range of health outcomes for mothers and babies, lower healthcare
costs, reduce c-sections (cesarean sections), decrease maternal anxiety and depression, and
help improve communication between low-income, racially/ethnically diverse pregnant women
and their health care providers. (March of Dimes, 2019)
Black Maternal Health Week 2022 is the perfect opportunity to connect directly to our mission as we highlight work in reproductive justice and birth equity. This event presents sponsors with the opportunity to work with others in the birth equity movement including colleagues, mentors, donors, allies and members of the communities we serve.