We are abstract, multifaceted beings with depth and range. The “essence” of Black women, femmes and girls is centered in how we show up authentically by our own definitions, on our own terms.

We are integral to the fabric of thriving, vibrant communities and families, and yet still experience acts of racism, sexism, adultification, and transphobia that minimize our ability to live authentically and access our full potential.

The Essence of Us research will inform and influence service providers, funders, and policymakers while uplifting and affirming the voices of all Black women and girls on what we need to access our full potential in Nebraska.

Through intentional dialogue and listening sessions led by UBUNTU Research and Evaluation, we explore Black women’s reproductive care journeys, stories, and experiences with special attention to their birthing and labor histories. 

The findings were compiled and analyzed with the purpose of engaging the larger Nebraska community, healthcare systems, policy partners, and community based birth workers to unveil the reproductive healthcare needs of Black women.