Centering Black Mamas: The Right to Live and Thrive

We are excited to bring you a full week of educational, inspirational and fun sessions to celebrate Black Mamas! Black Maternal Health Week 2020 is a national campaign in its third year. Our country is finally beginning to reckon with the many largely structural and systemic factors that contribute to poor maternal outcomes for women and birthing people, especially those of color. In an effort to illustrate the extent of the crisis, the conversation has largely focused on the statistics. And they are grave: Black women are three to four times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women.

Black Mamas ATX proudly joins the Black Mamas Matter Alliance to focus on improving Black maternal health outcomes in the United States.  The Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) is a national network of black women-led organizations and multi-disciplinary professionals who work to ensure that all Black Mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.

Click the links to watch the recorded sessions.

Saturday, April 11

1 p.m. Sister Doula Q&A Session: Inside Edition

Women in the US are 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes. Our Sister Doulas will discuss the purpose, practice, and benefits of having a doula. Questions can be submitted in advance to our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

6 p.m. The Well of Sound: Sonic Meditation

Jennifer Moore is the founder of The Well of Sound, sonic meditation for balance and relaxation. Born and raised in the Northwest, Jen is an artist in pursuit of inner vision and her own feeling tone of love.

Utilizing sound and music, she works daily to allow creation and possibility to flow through her. She finds sway and fluidity in the interplay between medium. She seeks liberation through exploration, process and practice, and believes sharing to be an integral part of growth and healing.

Operating from a center that is connected to all that is, has ever been, and will be is what we have the power to do; to constantly be freeing ourselves back into balance. She aims to share her experiences and processes for utilizing sound and music in the name of balance, wholeness, and love.

Sunday, April 12

1 p.m. Steaming the Vajayjay

Ciara Love walks us through the benefits and risks of vaginal steaming. This therapeutic process has been used in Korea, Africa and Central America for hundreds of years, and was recently popularized by Chrissy Tiegen and Gwyneth Paltrow.

6 p.m. Giving Birth with a Midwife 

Thinking about having a home birth but you still have a ton of questions?  Join mama Crysta Otunyenim and her mid-wife Denise Washington on FB Live as they share their home birth experience. Learn about the benefits, accessibility and ask questions with women who have first-hand experience 

Monday, April 13

1 p.m. Centering Black Mamas: The Right to Live and Thrive

PANEL DISCUSSION: This year’s national theme for Black Maternal Health Week is “Centering Black Mamas:The Right to Live and Thrive”

Join a Black Mamas ATX panel in a discussion on how governmental systems, community and civic organizations, for-profit and non-profit organizations can work together to ensure that Black Mamas are protected and have a high-quality of life before, during, and after childbirth.

Nakeenya Wilson, Executive Director, Black Mamas ATX
Shannon Jones, former director of Austin Public Health
Dr. Lourdes Rodriguez, Director of Community-Driven Initiatives, a program through the Dell Medical School at UT Austin
Joyce James, LMSW-AP, CEO of Joyce James Consulting

6 p.m. Black Men Supporting Black Mamas

The Support of Black Men is an important factor in the pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum experience for mothers. Did you know that Black mothers are 2.3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes?  Join Kenneth Thompson and Yusuf Pie as they discuss their take on the needs of Black Women and the practical ways to show up for them! 

Tuesday, April 14

1 p.m. Nutrition Tips for After Your Birth

Healing after childbirth can be greatly improved with postpartum care tailored to support the holistic health of the mama. Check out this info session where Louisianan birth worker, Devin, will share her valuable insight on food and herbs that can aid mamas during their postpartum recovery. 

6 p.m. Yoga Strengthening and Empowerment Practices

Mental, physical, emotional health, and wellness are achieved with intentionality. Join Alex Alexander for this informational FB Live session designed to help you gain personal strength and be empowered as you meet life head on.  

Wednesday, April 15

1 p.m. Talk to a Chiropractor

Did you know that chiropractic care can significantly improve your pregnancy overall Join us this Wednesday at 1 p.m. CST on Facebook Live where Dr. Freeman will talk about the benefits of using chiropractic care pre-conception, during pregnancy and postpartum in order to achieve optimal physical health and wellness 

6 p.m. You Got Stress?

During this health crisis, maintaining good mental and emotional health can be a challenge. Did you know that one in three Black women will experience one postpartum depression? If you or someone you know is pregnant or recently gave birth, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Join us  Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. CST on FB Live with Dr. Curtesia Plunkett as she shares valuable insight to help you maintain and improve your mental health.

Thursday, April 16

1 p.m. Hey! You Just Had a Baby! Are You Listening to Your Body?

It’s important to listen to your body when you’re dealing with postpartum complications. Join us this Thursday at 1 p.m. CST for a Zoom webinar where Sister Doula and midwife Aisha Ralph and a panel of Black mamas will discuss their personal stories, signs and symptoms of common and not so common postpartum complications, and when you should seek medical attention. 

6 p.m. The Milk Diva – Breast Is Best

Breast is best. The Milk Diva is here to support you in your breastfeeding journey! 

Join us this Thursday at 6 p.m. CST for a Zoom webinar where participants will be given valuable information on the benefits of breastfeeding, practical advice, and answer any questions you have. 

Friday, April 17

1:00 p.m. DIY Childbirth: One Mama’s Experience

What is “free birth”? Join us this Friday at 1 p.m. CST on Facebook Live with Jasmine Roussell as she shares her journey in birthing her baby freely. 

6:00 p.m. Hip Hop Happy Hour

Get loose and join us at 6 p.m. CST for a virtual hip-hop happy hour! Join us as we vibe out to good music for a good cause. Music speaks to the mind, body, and soul. Now let’s get better together!