This week, AABC joined members of Congress and more than 120 other organizations to sign on to a resolution recognizing the week of April 11-17th as Black Maternal Health Week. In addition, President Biden issued the first-ever presidential proclamation calling on all Americans to recognize the importance of addressing the crisis of Black maternal mortality and morbidity in this country.
Black Maternal Health Week was founded by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance in 2018 to create a week of awareness, activism, and community building to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Learn more about Black Maternal Health Week>>
All week, AABC members have been hosting and attending webinars, live events, and screenings that amplify the voices of Black birthing people and draw attention to the staggering racial disparities in birth outcomes in this country. But #BMHW21 isn’t over yet. Metro Detroit Midwives of Color will host a screening and panel discussion of the short film, “Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story” tomorrow (Saturday, 4/17) from 6-7:30 PM Eastern. The panel features Leseliey Welch, MPH, MBA of Developing Birth Center member Birth Detroit.