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Black women and birthing folks in the United States experience unacceptably poor maternal health outcomes, including disproportionately high rates of death and near death experiences related to pregnancy or childbirth.
Using a Collective Action Framework, I Be Black Girl is catalyzing a movement to disrupt the systems that perpetuate incidence of maternal morbidity, mortality and traumatic care experiences using strategies that center the voices, experiences, and leadership of Black women and Black birthing people.
I Be Black Girl works with various partners across Nebraska to address the inequities, trauma and violence within the maternal health sector. Creating transformational system change will require a comprehensive approach that addresses Black maternal health across the life course. This includes the following.
Our goal is to expand access and resources to quality and culturally relevant maternal health services through policy, research, and organizing while amplifying the voices and experiences of Black women and birthing people.
I Be Black Girl works with a number of partners through coalition building and various activities to help advance Black birth justice in Nebraska.
Nebraska Black Maternal Health Coalition
The intent of this coalition is to center Black women and birthing folks in the maternal health ecosystem to help improve outcomes and the experience of Black women and folks with a reproductive system when they decide to get pregnant and parent.
The majority of the coalition (80%) members identify as Black women that hold formal or informal roles in the maternal health and birth justice ecosystems.