Black Maternal Health Week 2023: “Our Bodies Belong to Us: Restoring Black Autonomy and Joy”
Founded by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Inc. (BMMA), Black Maternal Health Week is a week of awareness, activism, and community-building aimed at amplifying the voices of Black Mamas, bringing visibility to Black-led maternal health initiatives, and centering the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements.
In light of the alarming rise of maternal deaths in the U.S., which recent data shows has been exacerbated by the pandemic; and amidst growing cases of clear neglect in care in hospital systems immediately after labor and delivery, BMMA continues to highlight and center culturally-congruent practices with a focus on Black midwifery care and full-spectrum Black-led Doula care as sound, evidence-based solutions. Most importantly, these are practices and solutions that incorporate the true needs, wants and desires of Black women and birthing people. As we reckon with the upending of Roe V. Wade and the relentless attacks against reproductive rights and bodily autonomy, this year’s theme speaks to Black women's strength, power and resilience, and their unassailable right to live freely, safely, and joyfully.
The events and programming being planned throughout #BMHW23 will fully embody this theme and offer opportunities to engage in activities and conversations that honor the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements.
Whenever intentional change has been fostered, Black Mamas have been on the frontlines, and now we are focusing on our own freedom and right to live and thrive. The work is not done until Black Mamas are liberated, respected, and protected. We recognize, celebrate, and support those who care for and mother our families and communities whether they have given birth or not. We stand in solidarity with all Black Mamas.
Check out the BMMA website for more info about BMHW: https://blackmamasmatter.org/2023-black-maternal-health-week/