GROUNDWATER ANALYSIS TRAINING
The Black Mamas Community Collective partners with Joyce James LMSW-AP, to provide the Groundwater Analysis Training. This training focuses on systemic rather than individual factors that inhibit institutions and systems from achieving racial equity. Joyce James has demonstrated success in creating the type of learning environment that makes participants most receptive to the cultural and philosophical shift that is critical to systems transformation.
Black Mamas ATX provides their Sister Circle support meetings every month, where Sister Doulas are on hand to provide the tools necessary facilitate a healthy pregnancy. Sister Circle meetings are also a fantastic way to meet other mothers in your area to discuss experiences with child birth. The time has come to show up for our black mothers.
SISTER DOULA PROGRAM
Doulas are non-medical professionals who provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after pregnancy. Studies show that doula care improves outcomes for mothers, largely in part because of the emotional support for the mother and the role doulas play in advocating for their clients.
Research shows that doula-assisted mothers are 75% less likely to have a baby with low birth weight and half as likely to experience a birth complication. Mothers with doulas are also significantly more likely to breastfeed.
The Black Mamas Community Collective currently has three Sister Doulas who are assisting Black mothers. They are currently offering all doula services at no charge to the mothers. They have clients that are both pregnant and postpartum and will continue to meet with their postpartum mothers for a full year after delivery.
OUR SISTER DOULAS
Born and raised in Austin, Aphrica is a full time mother of 4 beautiful girls. Prior to becoming a DONA certified doula with Black Mamas ATX, she worked as Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at Mom’s Place. Aphrica is also a certified community health worker and through a grant from ConnectHer, she is currently completing requirements to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). When she is not working with mamas , she is busy attending any number of extra-curricular activities in support of her daughters. Aphrica shares that “If and when have any spare time I like to spend it sleeping, reading or catching up on any missed TV shows.” When speaking of the work she does with BMATX she says, “I am so blessed and proud to be a part of an organization that impacts the lives of mothers and babies in such a meaningful way!”
Aisha Ralph has been a birth worker for more than ten years. She’s a doula, midwife, childbirth educator and natural birth advocate. She strongly believes in women’s innate ability to give birth their way, safely and with strength. Aisha is committed to using her both knowledge and experience to positively impact the maternal health of Black women in the USA, the Caribbean and throughout the continent of Africa.
Originally from Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean, she’s been a Texas resident since 2018. Aisha is an avid reader, a writer, and loves to travel. In a former life she was an accountant, auditor, actress and model. She’s a wife, step-mom, sister, auntie and friend.delicate and meaningful way!
The Ustawi (Swahili for well-being) Center will foster sisterhood, peace, health, prosperity and a holistic sense of well-being. It will focus on supporting Black mothers, families and community by strengthening social structures for Black women and teens. The center will emphasize well-being, reproductive justice, mental wellness, sexual health, emotional emancipation, economic determination and civic engagement.
"... because I want to be a Black mother one day and I want to have the services I deserve."
- Devon Harris