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Black Women Birthing Justice
Issue #7- Summer 2015

Inside this Issue:
Birthing Justice is born!
Queer Birth Justice
Building Sisterhood across Jailhouse Walls
Empowering Teen Parents
C-Section Awareness
Building Transnational Solidarities

Birthing Justice is here!

Its a girl! We finally birthed our long awaited book Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth. The hard cover is out now and the paperback will be published by Routledge in Fall 2015. Confirmed book tour events include October 9-11th, 2015 at the International Center for Traditional Childrearing Annual Conference in Portland, OR and October 22nd, 2015 at Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Click here to learn more about our book.

Why We Need Queer Birth Justice

By Olivia Polk
Olivia speaks about the dilemmas that QTPOC parents face within the medical industrial complex and the need to queer birth justice.

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On Music, Freedom and Incarceration

By Naima Shalhoub
Black women represent the fastest growing prison population in the U.S.  75 percent of women imprisoned are mothers. Lebanese American musician and performing artist Naima Shalhoub discusses how she uses music as a tool for liberation.

Click here to read about Naima's art and activism.


Empowering Young Parents: Teen Pregnancy and Reproductive Justice

By Quita Tinsley
Quita speaks out about the resiliency of young parents in the face of shame, stigma, and inadequate sex education.

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Call to Action: Reducing Cesarean Rates for Black Women

By Lakeisha M. Dennis

With high cesarean rates for black women, Lakeisha calls upon us to learn about the risks associated with C-sections and to take action against unnecessary medical interventions.  

Click here to read Lakeisha's call to action.

Breastfeeding After a C-Section

By Chinwe Omani
Chinwe tells her emotional journey of breastfeeding after a cesarean and shares tips for other C-section moms.

Click here for Chinwe's breastfeeding journey.

Birthing Ways in Somaliland

By Nonkululeko Tyehemba
Founder of the Harlem Birth Action Committee, Nonkululeko explores how the patriarchal and cultural politics of Somaliland impact reproductive justice and calls on us to work in solidarity with African women.

Click here to look into a master midwife's perspective.

Doula Work is Tradition

By Nilajah Brown
After traveling to Ghana to learn traditional childbirth customs, Nilajah encourages black women to get involved in birth work. 
 Click here to read more about how you can get involved.

Ending Maternal Death in the African Diaspora
By Kia Caldwell

Alyne, an Afro-Brazilian woman died in 2001 from a preventable maternal death. Kia Caldwell explores how we can reach across national borders to end disproportionate maternal mortality in Brazil and the African diaspora.

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Reproductive Justice in Ethiopia

By Helen Arega
Returning to the small hut in an Ethiopian village where she was born, Helen calls for awareness and policy change on obstetric fistulas and reproductive health in Ethiopia. 

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