We are a group of everyday women dedicated to an extraordinary movement to save the lives of Black mothers.

The Black Mamas Community Collective’s goal is to reduce and ultimately eliminate the alarming maternal mortality and morbidity rates among Black women. Through programs, increased awareness, training, outreach and research, the Black Mamas Community Collective is leading the charge in Travis County to help Black mothers get the education and access to resources needed to have healthy pregnancies and birthing experiences.

The Collective is made up of researchers, social workers, policy makers, public health professionals and community activists and consists primarily of Black women that have survived their own pregnancy and child birthing traumas. The collaborative team is taking a holistic approach to improving access and outcomes, from unpacking the systemic sources of racism in our healthcare systems to delivery home visits for Black mothers located in Central Texas.


OUR MISSION

Keep Black women from dying before, during and after childbirth in the five-county Austin region.


OUR VISION

A Central Texas where Black women thrive during and after pregnancy and childbirth.


OUR WORK

TRANSFORM SYSTEMS

Black Mamas ATX is working to engage institutions in the process of understanding and interrupting institutional racism as an upstream determinant of health and contributor to disparate health access and outcomes. Black women have identified systemic racism as the biggest obstacle they face in their healthcare.

CREATE A HEALTHCARE PIPELINE

Black Mamas ATX is fostering partnerships to invest in a sustainable pipeline of Black physicians, nurses, pharmacists, hospital/clinic administrators, doulas, midwives, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. Culturally competent providers are the front line in stemming the tide of poorer health outcomes for Black women.

SHIFT THE NARRATIVE

We have organized the “Show Up for Black Mothers” campaign to bridge the health divide, build relationships, interrupt institutional racism and strategize ways to bring awareness to the disparities in the experience of pregnancy and childbirth among Black women. Through public awareness, we are building a sustainable movement to make the experience of pregnancy a positive one for Black women.

POLICY DEVELOPMENT & ADVOCACY

Black Mamas ATX is engaging the greater Austin community in strategic planning, policy development and advocacy to reduce health disparities. We are working to implement protocols and training for providers that will help make them aware of systemic racism and give them the tools they need to treat Black women effectively and ensure healthy pregnancies, births and motherhoods for Black families.

VILLAGE SUPPORT

We are developing an Afro-centric home visiting program, Sister Support Groups, Daddy/Partner Doulas and health care services navigation to connect Black mothers with the services they need to take care of themselves and their families during this vital point in their lives. It takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to ensure that women have the resources they need to enjoy a healthy pregnancy, delivery and motherhood.

RESEARCH PARTNER

Black Mamas ATX is collaborating with academic and community researchers to improve health equity by developing systems and metrics to measure the wellbeing of Black women. These systems will not just to track the reduction of health disparities, but we will use those metrics to ensure the effectiveness of our movement in addressing the unique challenges facing Black mothers.

NETWORKING WITH OTHER MOVEMENTS

Black Mamas ATX is actively working with other community organizations to build a network that can support change. Austin has an abundance of good people and good organizations searching for ways to make our community better. Black Mamas ATX is happy to visit with your organization to bring awareness to our cause and build a network that can truly effect change.

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OUR LEADERSHIP

Black Mamas ATX is governed by the Black Mamas Community Collective:

Sharita Ambrose
Rosanna Barrett
Lakia Batiste
Crystal Berry-Roberts
Kelene Blake-Fallon
Meta Brown
Catalina Casar
Coretha Clark
Stephanie Dodoo, LCSW

Deborah Duncan, MSSW, LMSW
Jennifer Dungey
Aprhica Farrow
Robin Harris
Joyce James
Marsha Jones
Kimberly Lauriston
Lauren Lluveras
Zana Muscove

Tyan Parker-Dominguez, PhD
Angela Pie
Jaymie Rivera-Clemente
Deneen Robinson
Shuronda Robinson
La’Toya Swan
Cynthia Washington
Nakeenya Wilson

 

Michele Rountree, Ph.D. is the founder of the Black Mamas Community Collective. Read her full bio here »

Show up for Black Mothers

"... because I am a Black mother of two boys and because Black mothers are the backbone of their families."

- La'Toya Swan