Serena Williams has recently been in the news sharing her personal traumatic health experience after delivering her daughter. Tragically, Erica Garner died of a heart attack just 8 months after giving birth. You likely have also seen this NYT Magazine in-depth feature from last week on the Black Maternal Health crisis. Collectively these stories have helped further push the conversation around Black Mothers’ health to the national forefront.
On April 11th the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) launched the first national “Black Maternal Health Week” (April 11-17th). Throughout the past week, they have been centering the voices, stories, experiences and thought leadership of Black women and Black women-led organizations across the country to raise awareness around the disproportionate challenges that they face around maternal health. BMMA’s goal is to translate those conversations into actual solutions and policy change, while also amplifying Black mothers whose stories you’ll never hear about in the news. Amazingly their efforts have to date received support from Senator Kamala Harris and Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Alma Adams in the form of a Congressional resolution.
THE ROOT is a digital partner on the week, with Moms Rising serving as a lead sponsor. Will you join the movement by helping this #BlackMaternalHealthWeek campaign across your social networks? You can use the below sample posts and graphics for easy sharing. Together we can improve maternal health, rights and justice for all Black women! #BMHW18
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The state of Black maternal health in the U.S. requires increased attention at all levels that identifies the root causes, amplifies the voices of Black women being directly impacted, and urges state and national policymakers to make this issue a legislative priority. Join the movement to make clear that #BlackMamasMatter #BlackMaternalHealthWeek http://bit.ly/blackmamasmatter
If a nation’s maternal mortality rate is a pulse check on our overall health, the U.S. is flatlining. Join @BlackMamasMatter’s movement to ensure that #BlackMamasMatter and let it be known that the time for change is long-past due #BlackMaternalHealthWeek #BMHW18 http://bit.ly/blackmamasmatter
What role can we play in changing the trajectory of Black women’s health in the U.S.? Join @BlackMamasMatter’s movement by TEXTING UNITE to 90975 to receive important news, updates + events related to Black #MaternalHealth! #BlackMaternalHealthWeek #BMHW18