Our Goal: 
To ensure that all progressive movements 
understand and support birth justice. 

















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We are delighted to announce that Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health-Care Crisis is now available in Kindle and paperback editions. The report is published by Praeclarus Press: Excellence in Women's Health. Praeclarus is a small independent press that specializes in low cost books on women's health. A portion of all of their sales go to worthy organizations that support women and children in the U.S. and abroad.

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What People Are Saying About Battling Over Birth

From DONA International:


"This book clearly lays out the barriers facing Black families, but it also offers solutions. I think every professional who works with parents and babies of any color should read this book."


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"Battling Over Birth: Black Women

and the Maternal Health Care Crisis reveals hard truths—

powerful findings on the role of racism, coercion,

inadequate prenatal care, the pressures undermining

breastfeeding, and the lack of access to alternatives to a

broken maternal healthcare system as the key threads of

Black women’s birth experiences."

--Kimberly Seals Allers, MS, is an award-winning journalist, author, and an

internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and advocate for maternal

and infant health.

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Our Mission 


BWBJ is a grass-roots collective out of Oakland, CA. We identify as Black women and individuals across the African Diaspora and are committed to transforming birthing experiences for Black women and birthing people. Our vision is that every pregnant person has an empowering birth and postpartum experience, free of unnecessary medical interventions and forced separation from their child, one that honors their autonomy and maintains dignity. We aim to educate and inform, to document and share Black women and individuals’ birth stories in their own words, to raise awareness, influence healthcare policy, and keep birth sacred. We challenge human rights violations, including maternal mortality and near misses, and rebuild confidence in our Black and Brown community’s ability to birth.