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About Black Maternal Health Week #BMHW19

This Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17) ACNM WA is proud to join the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and Black women across the U.S. to amplify and promote maternal health, rights and justice for all Black mamas. Learn about #BMHW19 events and activities happening in your city and community by visiting http://bit.ly/BMHW19. Participate in online activities listed below.

In the United States, the month of April is recognized as National Minority Health Month - a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. We are also joining dozens of global organizations in advocating that the United Nations recognize April 11th as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights and fight to eliminate maternal mortality globally.

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“Across the country, Black mothers are subject to maternal health challenges

at alarmingly high rates, and Black women overall suffer disproportionately

from a lack of access to quality reproductive care. The acknowledgement of

this national crisis by our state and federal policymakers is a critical step

towards closing the racial health gap facing Black women, children and

birthing persons.”

-- Black Mamas Matter Alliance

List of Online Activities Hosted by Black Mamas Matter Alliance:

Tuesday, April 9th @ 4:30 PM EDT: Black Maternal Health Congressional Briefing

The Black Mamas Matter Alliance is excited to kick off Black Maternal Health Week 2019 by celebrating the launch of the Congressional Black Maternal Health Caucus! Join us, along with Representative Alma Adams (D-NC) and Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL), for this special congressional briefing to learn about the Caucus and hear from leaders in Black maternal health care.

TUNE IN: fb.me/blackmamasmatter

Official Hashtags: #BMHCaucus, #BlackMaternalHealthWeek, #BMHW19 and #BlackMamasMatter

Wednesday, April 10th @ 3:00 PM EDT: Black Maternal Health Week 2019 Opening Tweet Chat

What do you envision for Black Maternal Health? Help us build momentum for the 2nd annual Black Maternal Health Week in this opening tweetchat, where we will highlight policies and solutions for advancing maternal health, rights, and justice for Black women. We’ll also cover key issues related to this year’s theme, “Decolonizing Research to Develop Meaningful Policy for Black Maternal Health.”

FOLLOW + JOIN US: @BlkMamasMatter

Official Hashtags: #BlackMaternalHealthWeek, #BMHW19 and #BlackMamasMatter

Thursday, April 11th @ 1:00 PM EDT: #BMHW19 IG Live Chat with Erica Chidi Cohen

During this special chat to be streamed live on our IG page, Black Mamas Matter Alliance Co-Director Angela Doyinsola Aina will host a 30-minute conversation with doula, author, and LOOM co-founder Erica Chidi Cohen! Tune in to learn more about how Erica is helping to cultivate body literacy and sharing tools for Black mamas to advocate for their reproductive health and well-being.

TUNE IN: instagram.com/blackmamasmatter

Official Hashtags: #BlackMaternalHealthWeek, #BMHW19 and #BlackMamasMatter

Friday, April 12th @ 3:00 PM EDT: #BMHW19 Webinar #1

Kick off the 2nd annual Black Maternal Health Week with our webinar “Decolonizing Research in Black Maternal Health.” During this presentation, we’ll explore existing gaps in data to accurately assess maternal health outcomes and quality of care for Black Mamas.
REGISTER NOW: bit.ly/BMHC19Web1

Official Hashtags: #BlackMaternalHealthWeek, #BMHW19 and #BlackMamasMatter

Monday, April 15th @ 3:00 PM EDT: #BMHW19 Webinar #2

During this webinar we will be outlining BMMA's policy priorities for Black Mamas and hear from our Kindred Partner organizations working on Black Maternal Health policy issues in their state.
REGISTER NOW: bit.ly/BMHC19Web2
Official Hashtags: #BlackMaternalHealthWeek, #BMHW19 and #BlackMamasMatter

Wednesday, April 17th @ 1:00 PM EDT: Prioritizing Black Maternal Health: Breastfeeding, Media and Public Health
Live from Oakland, BMMA will be streaming this #BMHW19 finale event hosted by the California Breastfeeding Coalition, which will discuss current efforts to support and increase Black breastfeeding rates in California and throughout the country.

TUNE IN: fb.me/blackmamasmatter

Official Hashtags: #BlackMaternalHealthWeek, #BMHW19 and #BlackMamasMatter