Black Maternal Health Week Resources

Black Maternal Health Week is critically important. It raises awareness about the alarming disparities in maternal health outcomes faced by Black women in the United States. During this week, advocates, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and community members come together to address systemic issues such as racism, bias, and unequal access to quality healthcare that contribute to disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity among Black women.

By highlighting these disparities and advocating for change, Black Maternal Health Week aims to drive policy reforms, increase support for maternal health initiatives, and ultimately improve the health and well-being of Black mothers and their babies.

There are persistent disparities in healthcare.

There have been improvements in healthcare access and outcomes nationwide. However, Black maternal health outcomes in Michigan–particularly in Detroit and Metro Detroit–continue to lag behind. Black mothers are disproportionately affected by maternal mortality. So, they’re facing higher rates of pregnancy-related complications and deaths compared to their white counterparts.

Black women face barriers to accessing healthcare.

Structural inequities such as lack of access to quality healthcare, racial bias in medical settings, socioeconomic factors, and inadequate insurance coverage contribute to the disparities in maternal health outcomes for Black women in Michigan. These barriers often result in delayed prenatal care, increased maternal stress, and limited access to essential resources and support services.

There’s also the impact of historical trauma.

Historical injustices, including systemic racism and discrimination in healthcare, have deeply rooted effects on Black maternal health in Michigan. The intergenerational trauma stemming from experiences such as medical experimentation, forced sterilization, and neglectful healthcare practices continues to shape Black women’s experiences during pregnancy and childbirth.

However, community-led solutions are out there.

Grassroots organizations and community initiatives in the Detroit area are actively working to address the disparities in Black maternal health. These efforts focus on providing culturally competent care and advocating for policy changes. They also offer support networks for expecting mothers, and promote holistic approaches to maternal well-being.

A Black Maternal Health Week Call to Action

Black Maternal Health Week serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to prioritize and invest in Black maternal health in Michigan. It calls upon policymakers, healthcare providers, community leaders, and individuals alike to take proactive steps to dismantle systemic barriers, amplify Black voices, and ensure equitable access to comprehensive maternal care for all women, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Improving black maternal health outcomes is crucial. And, there are several resources available in the Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas that specifically cater to this need. For those seeking to get involved or access support services for Black maternal health in Michigan, consider reaching out to:

Birth Detroit

Birth Detroit values love, justice, safety, and trust. This organization is working to create a birthing center in Detroit that is providing quality, loving, safe care from pregnancy to postpartum and everything in between.

Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association

Based in Detroit, this organization provides breastfeeding support and maternal health education tailored to the needs of Black families.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – Maternal Infant Health Program

This organization offers resources and support services for pregnant and postpartum individuals, including maternal health education, home visiting programs, and breastfeeding support.

Shai Doula Services

This organization is providing reproductive care to birthing people in the Detroit area and surrounding communities, and is a Black-women led organization.

Sister Song

A national organization that focuses on reproductive justice, including maternal health advocacy.

The Mom Wellness Cave

This organization provides experiences to help mothers enhance their motherhood journey and is created for and by moms.

When seeking support and resources, it’s essential to look for culturally competent care that acknowledges and addresses the unique challenges and needs of Black mothers.

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Kenisha Coon
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