Birth Justice

 

We strive to empower our community, by preventing discrimination against people more likely to experience systemic or individualized maltreatment within maternal care: BIPOC, members of the LGBTQ+ community, trauma survivors, and people who are other-abled.  We do this by:

  • Educating ourselves continually 
  • Nurturing an online community where we can learn from each other
  • Finding and sharing resources to help care providers reverse negative trends
  • Making tools available to help birthing people advocate for themselves
  • Providing scholarships for birth classes and mentorship for new doulas.

Resources

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Your Rights and the Issues

Birth Rights are Human Rights!

Racial Discrimination in Childbirth

Compared to white women, black women are 3.3 times more likely to die from pregnancy and birth related causes than white women. 1,2,3 Research shows that massive racial disparities persist even when statistics take into account income level and education. Here are some organizations working to solve the problem.

  1. Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why, NPR
  2. Vital Signs: Pregnancy-Related Deaths. CDC. May 2019 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
  3. Racial and Ethnic Disparities Continue in Pregnancy-Related Deaths. CDC.
LGBTQ+ Birthing Resources
  • Maia Midwifery is a great resource for everything from Fertility to Parenting Support Groups.
  • Family Equality shares information on family building, as well as opportunities for advocacy and policy change.
Trauma Survivors

Where to Report  Mistreatment

It’s helpful to report any discrimination, or mistreatment to the hospital, but complaints can easily get lost in the shuffle. Some additional resources for helping your voice be heard.

How and Where to Report Mistreatment

It’s helpful to report any discrimination, or mistreatment to the hospital, but complaints can easily get lost in the shuffle. Some additional resources for helping your voice be heard.