This year will mark the fifth anniversary of the Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) campaign that starts next week from April 11 to 17th. The week was founded by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), to align with the United States’ recognition of National Minority Health Month each April. The month-long initiative strives to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. During National Minority Health Month, the campaign and activities for BMHW serve to bring awareness and amplify the voices of Black Mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements.
The BMHW 2022 theme is “Building for Liberation: Centering Black Mamas, Black Families and Black Systems of Care.” Join in on the celebration of this week of awareness by attending one of their virtual events, including:
Building for Liberation
Date: Monday, April 11, 2022
Time: 9am PST
Register Online: Bit.ly/globalblackmidwifery
Kick off the BMHW campaign with a Global Black Midwifery Panel and Screening discussing Black midwifery in the U.S. and across the Diaspora. The event will include:
- A report from the 2022 Zanzibar Cultural Midwifery Exchange
- A segment of the documentary “Legacy Power Voice: Movements in Black Midwifery”
- 4 midwife panelists sharing about their work
Date: Wednesday, April 13th
Time: 12:30pm PST
Join the conversation about what it means to Build Towards Liberation Centering Black Mamas, Black Families & Black Systems of Care by using the hashtag #BMHW22 on Twitter.
About Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA):
BMMA is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance that centers Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice. Visit the BMMA website to learn more about Black Maternal Health Week and activities to celebrate and honor Black Mamas at https://blackmamasmatter.org.