The vision of Jamarah Amani and The Southern Birth Justice Network with The Midwifery Wisdom Collective is to make midwifery and doula care safe and accessible to all people, especially Black, Brown, youth, immigrant, indigenous, LGTBQIA+, low- income, and marginalized communities that currently have the least access to care. We KNOW that when mothers and parents are empowered, our communities can be transformed.
This class is born from the struggles of childbearing people on the frontlines of surviving and fighting systemic oppression. Birth Justice evolved from the reproductive justice rights framework, and from a human rights perspective to support birthing people during all stages of their pregnancies. Birth Justice exposes the truth that white supremacy (racism and colonization), cis-heteropatriarchy, and the medical industrial complex are the reasons why maternal and fetal health disparities exist. This information is known by some but new to many. If this statement or any on this page are shocking to you, Birth Justice is the right class for you. If you whole-heartedly agree and want to learn tools to do more, this class is your JAM.
Birth Justice also tells a story of hope; that the solution lies in the traditions of the people most impacted by birth inequity. Birth Justice stands on the shoulders of people who continued to care for their communities in the midst of genocide, slavery, Jim Crow and state oppression and criminalization of their traditional practices. Birth Justice stands on the shoulders of healers, midwives, and all birth workers, like Mary Cole and Biddy Mason, who cared for people against the massive oppressive forces of white supremacy and left us a daring legacy. Learn to trust and respect these traditions in this class.
This workshop will introduce you to the Birth Justice framework through examining how pregnancy, birth and parenting intersects with social, racial and economic justice. You will have the opportunity to get involved with interactive methods and tools to engage with building the Birth Justice movement in your community. You will strategize about how to utilize a radical approach to organizing education and access to birth options including midwifery care and more.
Considering the allostatic load these communities carry, the implicit and systemic racism in the medical industrial complex that the majority birth in, and the lack of trained Birth Justice providers, birthing people and women are dying in the United States at rates higher than any other developed nation. Furthermore, studies show that in some states like Louisiana over 65% of these deaths in Black and Brown women and birthing people could have been prevented vs. the 9% in White women and birthers. The infant mortality rate and overall life expectancy is furthermore affected by Birth Justice. Marginalized communities are literally attempting survival. Birth Justice is a non-negotiable NOW and forever.
Birth Justice is the answer to moving that needle with YOU.
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. Whether you are brand new to the work, or you’ve been knee deep for a while – you are welcome here.
If you consider yourself an activist, community leader, movement mama, or want to be, this course can be foundation to your passion, support your fight, and give you the framework and tools to do the work.
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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