Our Goals

 

BWBJ is organizing toward the following goals. Join us!

 

1. To enhance Black women's and birthing people's faith in their strength and resilience, and empower them to make    

    healthy choices and to stand up for the pregnancy and birth experience they envision.

 

2. To improve Black women’s and birthing people's access to appropriate and affordable prenatal, labor and delivery and    

    postpartum care.

 

3. To improve Black women’s and birthing people's knowledge about and access to natural and alternative childbirth

    practices.

 

4. To improve Black women’s and birthing people's knowledge about and access to alternative birthing sites, including home

    birth and birth centers.

 

5. To advocate for the right of low-income Black women and birthing people to make healthy and non-

    coerced decisions about whether to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy, to choose when, where and

    with whom to birth, and to access antenatal, birthing and breastfeeding support.

 

6. To end shackling and dangerous conditions for imprisoned pregnant women and birthing people, and to advocate for the release of pregnant and parenting women and persons from prisons, jails and detention centers.

 

7. To improve Black women’s and birthing people's knowledge about and access to culturally appropriate birth workers, including doulas, midwives, and lactation professionals.

 

8. To educate Black women and birthing people about the effects of medical interventions in labor and delivery, and ensure they are fully aware of potential risks and side effects.

 

9. To provide a forum for healing and support for Black women and individual's recovering from birth trauma and to support pregnant and postpartum Black persons in reporting and challenging medical abuses.

10. To challenge media representations that fuel a fear of natural birth, or encourage overuse of

      medicalization and drug use during labor and delivery.  

11. To provide information about the benefits of human lactation, including chest/breastfeeding, provide positive images, and to challenge corporate and medical promotion of baby milk formula to Black women and individuals.

12. To ensure that all progressive movements, including the feminist, reproductive rights, natural    

      birth, civil rights, environmental justice, prison abolition, LGBTQIA and immigrant rights movements understand and support birth justice, and include the concerns, experiences and leadership of Black women and birthing people. 

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