Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17) begins today. Originally started by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance 7 years ago, and officially proclaimed by President Biden last year, Black Maternal Health Week centers the reproductive justice movement and serves to address systemic racism in birth settings. It also amplifies the voices and experiences of Black mothers and Black birthing people and encourages continued awareness around Black maternal mortality and Black perinatal health in the United States. There are incredible community education events happening across Pennsylvania beginning today, April 11. AccessMatters is tabling at a #BMHW event sponsored by the Foundation for Delaware County today and our advocacy team will be participating in the Oshun Family Center’s #BMHW Advocacy Day in Harrisburg on April 16 in addition to pushing out content via social media about Black maternal mortality and Black perinatal health.   

Please see below for information about several other events happening throughout the week: 

April 12 at 11:30am – Petals & Prosecco – Birth Workers Brunch & Retreat, hosted by Oshun Family Center + Maternal Wellness Village 

“Get ready for a kickass Birth Worker Brunch and Retreat, where birth pros gather to feast, connect, and recharge their superpowers in person” 

April 13 at 12pm – Community BAE-BEE Shower, hosted by The Maternal Wellness Village and BAE Culture 

“Get ready to celebrate the arrival of a new community baby with our BAE-BEE Shower, a fun in-person event for the community.” 

 April 14 at 12pm – WellMama Rejuvenation Circle, organized by The Maternal Wellness Village with community guests and practitioners 

Join The Maternal Wellness Village in a wellness event with their resident Yogi. 

 April 15 at 8:30am – Reimagining Reproductive Justice – Training, presented by The Maternal Wellness Village 

Join The Maternal Wellness Village as they present their “7th annual Reproductive Justice Educational Forum. The purpose of this training is to educate individuals about the intersectionality of reproductive rights and social justice issues.”

 April 16 – Advocacy Day @ State Capitol, hosted by Oshun Family Center 

Join Oshun Family Center “at the PA State Capitol on April 16, 2024, for Advocacy Day – let’s make our voices heard together!” 

April 17 at 5pm – BMHW Closing Happy Hour: Celebration and Conversation with Jabina Coleman, hosted by New Voices for Reproductive Justice in collaboration with Oshun Family Center, with guest Reproductive Psychotherapist Jabina Coleman   

Join New Voices for Reproductive Justice in collaboration with Oshun Family Center to “wrap up Black Maternal Health Week with a virtual Happy Hour, discussing Black Maternal Mental Health Beyond Postpartum.” 

If you would like to attend any of these events, please visit: BMHWPHILLY.ORG. Please note some require advance registration. 

You can also support Black Maternal Health Week 2024 by purchasing items from the Amazon Wishlist or consider donating to the Oshun Family Center here: PayPal. 

*Please note: The language used with #BMHW and statistics offered in content shared from other organizations may use gendered language. However, generally, AccessMatters uses the terminology “perinatal and postpartum health” instead of “maternal health” and does not solely use “women” when referring to people who can become pregnant because AccessMatters acknowledges that people who do not identify as women – transgender men and nonbinary people – may also experience pregnancy and childbirth. They frequently experience discrimination and medical care that is not inclusive and affirming of their gender, including repeated misgendering during their perinatal and postpartum care. As part of our commitment to equity, dismantling oppression, and being trauma informed, and in alignment with growing consensus over best practices, AccessMatters aims to use gender-inclusive language when discussing the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth.

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