It's no secret that to be a birthing person of color in America means that both you and your baby are at a significantly increased risk for complications, illness, and death. Here are some organizations that are doing great things to change the birth climate for Black and Brown birthing people in the United States. This list is not exhaustive; it started simply with organizations or individuals that I've worked with or donated to or followed on social media; my hope is this list will keep on growing.
My goal in having this page is three-fold:
1) That you will become aware of the healthcare disparities that exist. To sum up, the richest country in the world spends the most money on healthcare and has some of the worst outcomes for mothers and babies.
This. Is. Not. Right.
2) That you might feel encouraged to support the people and organizations that are already doing the work. You can donate directly to all these organizations through their websites.
3)That you might come to share my view that the human rights of Black and Brown humanity are threatened greatly, and it starts with birth.
Join me, if you can.
Know of an organization that would be a good fit for this page? Drop me a note at email@example.com.
Looking for a BIPOC maternity care provider in Chicagoland?
Recently, a parent in a local Facebook group I'm in lamented the lack of maternity care providers that looked like her. Statistically, Black and Brown birthing people have better maternal health outcomes if they are cared for by a doctor or midwife that looks like them. And so, I reached out to my birth colleagues to get a comprehensive list of BIPOC providers in Chicagoland. If you are looking for a BIPOC provider, please check out this list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Yj9XOlsO4lB9_Pc3UY-K47vRpNYYF_YYtMr3TZmI3pw/edit#gid=0
*Disclaimer: The color of one's skin does not make them a perfect provider, or guarantee they are the provider for you. I will always encourage people to interview prospective providers, find someone that aligns with your philosophical views of birth, respects your autonomy, and supports shared decision making. This list is a starting point, not an ending point. Please do your own research to find the provider for you.