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Black Maternal Health Week

"Held annually on April 11-17th, BMHW is a week-long campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance​ to build awareness, activism, and community-building​ to amplify ​the voices, perspectives and lived experiences of Black Mamas and birthing people. The week is intentionally held during National Minority Health Month and begins on April 11th annually to join dozens of global organizations in marking this day as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights – an opportunity to advocate for the elimination of maternal mortality globally. The activities and conversations hosted throughout the week intentionally center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. ​" - Black Mamas Matter BMHW website

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“Laboring with Hope”: Screening & Discussion

Thursday, April 13, 12:00pm -1:30pm - Room 213 & virtual (hybrid event).

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Please join us in recognizing Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW23), by viewing “Laboring with Hope,” a documentary “addressing the national maternal mortality crisis among Black women” and birthing people. Access is being provided by the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Region 5. Discussion will be moderated by SJSU’s own Rachel Berkowitz, DrPH, MPH. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Want to learn more? This bibliography was compiled by Six Dimensions, LLC to accompany the film Laboring with Hope.

Black Motherhood Discussion

**UPDATE** Friday, April 14, 4:00pm - virtual.

Register to attend virtually.

Join us on Zoom for an early evening discussion on Black motherhood and the challenges of parenting Black and multi-racial children. This is an SJPL event hosted in conjunction with SJSU King Library. Register at


Research for Everyone: Finding Reliable Maternal Health Information Online

Monday, Apr 17, 2023. On-demand.

To close out Black Maternal Health Week 2023, Health and Human Services Librarian Dawn Hackman will demonstrate strategies and resources for finding reliable health information online. Useful for health sciences students, healthcare providers, and the general public.