Racism, Domestic Violence & Black Maternal Mortality – What Can Advocates Do?

Title: Racism, Domestic Violence & Black Maternal Mortality – What Can Advocates Do? [hosted by UJIMA and co-sponsored by FUTURES]

Date: Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

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Over the past year, there has been increased attention on the poor health outcomes and inequities for Black birthing people. At the same time, many Black birthing people have experienced Domestic violence. But how can domestic violence programs help address this crisis? This webinar will help advocates understand the unique and important roles that doulas and midwives can play in supporting Black pregnant survivors, and how domestic violence programs can partner with them effectively. Policy opportunities to increase access and improve the healthcare response to racism, domestic violence and Black maternal mortality will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be better able to:
1. Understand the intersection of racism, domestic violence and poor maternal health outcomes for Black birthing people.
2. Define the roles and scope of doulas and midwives.
3. Build the capacity of domestic violence programs to partner effectively with doulas and midwives.
4. Identify policy opportunities to improve systems of care for Black birthing people.


Megan Simmons, Senior Policy Attorney at Ujima, Inc.

Virginia Duplessis, MSW, Program Director at Futures Without Violence

Jessica Diggs, LA based Midwife, Doula, and Educator

Malika Hook Muhammad, Washington DC based Social Worker and Doula


Please contact Ujima, Inc. at: ujimainfo@ujimacommunity.org

This webinar is being co-sponsored by Ujima, Inc and by Futures Without Violence’s National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the Family Violence Prevention & Services Program, Family & Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. DHHS, and is also part of the technical assistance FUTURES provides for the US Department of Health and Human Services.