Maternal Health and Birth Equity

"Our mothers and children are dying."—Tracey Russell

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"A mother and Child, Chicago, 1970." From the National Archives Catalog and the series DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency's Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977.


Resource: S1 Ep6 | April 14, 2021

Links for expecting and new Black mothers, including local organizations supporting moms, and additional information on Black maternal health and support.

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Resources for Black Mothers

Protecting Your Birth: A Guide For Black Mothers
This New York Times article is an educational guide offering pregnant Black women agency and information when planning their care.

Every Mother Counts’ Black Maternal Health Resource List
Every Mother Counts, an organization working to achieve quality, respectful and equitable maternity care around the world, provides a list of information and resources related to racism and the Black maternal health crisis in the US.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance that centers Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.

Black Moms Connection
Black Moms Connection is a global online village and incorporated non-profit providing culturally relevant tools and resources to empower and educate Black women.

Irth App
The Irth App helps Black women and POC, and birthing people, have a more safe and empowered pregnancy/parenting experience by offering a space for parents of color to share their experiences with care at a doctor or hospital.

The Birth Hour Resources and Support for Black Maternal Health
The Birth Hour is an online resource for birth stories, and provides a list of organizations, information, books, podcasts, and more on the topic of Black maternal health.

Root Mama Blog List of Top Black Breastfeeding Organizations
Root Mama provides a list of breastfeeding advocacy groups that they are working to support, promote and protect Black breastfeeding.

Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Support International, a group promoting awareness, prevention, and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing, provides a toll-free telephone number anyone can call to get basic information, support, and resources.
Call: 1-800-944-4773 
Text in English: 800-944-4773
Text en Español: 971-203-7773

Wisconsin-Based Organizations and Resources for Black Mothers

The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness
The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness is a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization committed to mobilizing African American women to pursue and sustain mind-body-spirit wellness, and to raise the visibility and support of Black women’s health as a community and public health priority.

African American Breastfeeding Network
The mission of AABN, a Milwaukee based organization, is to improve maternal child health and champion breastfeeding equity by providing resources including breastfeeding support services.

Harambee Village
Harambee Village’s mission is to enhance the childbearing experience, empower women by promoting doula support, advocate evidenced-based care, and provide accessible education, based on the mother-centered model of maternity care.

Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective
Wisconsin Doulas Of Color Collective (WIDOCC) addresses infant and maternal mortality rates and birth disparities for people of color across the state of Wisconsin, from direct doula care and community outreach to policy advocacy and rigorous research.

Maroon Calabash
Maroon Calabash is a community of self-described “Black Radical Doulas” supporting Black folx in decolonizing reproductive experiences at the intersection of cultural traditions and modern medicine.

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