Oakland, CA–October 23, 2017
The report, Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis in California, documents human rights abuses in California’s maternal health-care system and calls for corrective action by practitioners, health insurers, and policy-makers. Some of the findings in the report reveal that:
“Too often, public health policy is created without listening to the voices of those who are most affected,” said Mills College Provost and Dean of the Faculty Chinyere Oparah and co-author of the report. “Black women know what’s wrong with our maternal health-care system, but no-one is listening to what they have to say. This community-driven research aims to change that.”
With this report, Black Women Birthing Justice (BWBJ) seeks to build a grassroots campaign to transform birth experiences.
On Thursday, October 26, a community launch of the report will feature readings of birth stories from the report, performances by Sistahs of the Drum, and the launch of a social media campaign to #LiberateBlackBirth.
For more information and a full copy of the report, please visit: www.bwbj.org.