Birth Justice Course
Deepen your understanding of the roots of health disparities and the intersections of history, perinatal care, and social justice.

BECOME A PART OF THE BIRTH JUSTICE movement

Black low‐income women have a higher primary c‐section rate (first‐time mothers) than any other group. In the United States, Black women are almost four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Black babies are more than twice as likely to die in the first year of life as white babies. According to Amnesty USA, these are human rights violations.

How do interpersonal, institutional and internalized racism impact life and death in our communities? How do barriers such as poverty, immigration status, economic disparity and various forms of discrimination affect an individual’s ability to receive quality reproductive health care? Given this context, what is the responsibility of direct-entry (licensed, certified) midwives who have historically been advocates for and caretakers of people from marginalized communities? This workshop will explore the rising maternal and infant mortality rates in this country, with a particular eye toward what is happening in Florida. 

This workshop will introduce participants to the Birth Justice framework through examining how pregnancy, birth and parenting intersect with social, racial and economic justice. Participants will have the opportunity to get involved with interactive methods and tools to engage with building the Birth Justice movement. Participants will strategize about how to utilize a radical approach to organizing education and access to birth options including midwifery care.

IS IT worthIT?

The vision of the Southern Birth Justice Network is to make midwifery and doula care accessible to all peoples- especially Black, Brown, youth, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ+, low- income and other marginalized communities. We KNOW that when we, as mothers and parents are empowered, our communities can be transformed. Given the health disprarities, we need to reconginze the healthcare crisis in this country and realize how WE as midwives need to be empowered to do our part fo fight it! This course is for midwives as well as any advocate, birth worker or parent who wants to be a part of the solution to Black maternal and infant mortality. If you are brand new to the work, or you’ve been knee deep for a while- you are welcome!

INVESTMENT: $225

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Jamarah Amani Birth Justice Course

Jamarah Amani

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Jamarah Amani Birth Justice Course

Jamarah Amani

Jamarah Amani is a community midwife who believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed/chestfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally and globally.

A community organizer from the age of sixteen, Jamarah has worked with several organizations across the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa on various public health issues, including HIV prevention, infant mortality risk reduction, access to emergency contraception and access to midwifery care. She is currently the director of Southern Birth Justice Network, a 501(c)3 non- profit organization. Jamarah studied Africana Studies, Women’s Studies and Midwifery at centers of learning such as University of Pennsylvania, Clark Atlanta University and, most recently, International School of Midwifery. Jamarah is also a Certified Lactation Consultant. In addition to raising four lively children (who are also raising her), Jamarah offers midwifery care, breastfeeding consultations and childbirth education to families and communities across the state of Florida.

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