Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) serves to amplify the voices of black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements.
Black Maternal Health Week was founded in 2018 by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and takes place every year from April 11 –17. The month of April is recognized in the United States as National Minority Health Month – a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities.
Black women have higher rates of complications in pregnancy and birth and the healthcare system has a history of disproportionately providing adequate and equitable care for them and their babies. BMHW brings awareness to healthcare providers and related services around the intergenerational trauma in relation to the black body. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital protocols affecting perinatal health equity and informed care should remain a priority.
Black women have higher rates of complications in pregnancy and birth, and the healthcare system has a history of disproportionately providing adequate and equitable care for them and their babies.
I AM: Breastfeeding is a local St. Louis nonprofit that seeks to revolutionize the image of breastfeeding while creating a village of support providing lactation, perinatal and wellness resources to empower families of color.
Through social distancing regulations, I AM: Breastfeeding continues to provide their monthly diaper and hygiene pantry, as well as telehealth breastfeeding services via calls, text and emails. Co-founded by Yoga Buzz graduate SonJoria Sydnor, I AM: Breastfeeding had also begun to add pre- and post-natal yoga classes to their list of community offerings this year.
SonJoria and fellow Yoga Buzz graduate Candice White have been offering yoga classes through our online platform for expectant mothers and families. The prenatal yoga classes are great for pregnant mamas as well as those who are ready to start moving gently again after delivery. We’re sharing a few of those videos below.
While understanding the disparities involved in internet connection, I AM: Breastfeeding will continue provide virtual support under necessary circumstances. Until restrictions are lifted, they will refer to virtual support for prenatal and postpartum yoga and other perinatal related resources. Visit their Facebook page to connect and to learn more.