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Black Maternal Health Week

BMMA BMHW23 National Events

Calendar of events. Tuesday April 11 - Int'l Day of Maternal Health Rights + Official BMHW23 Kick off Tweetchat.  Wednesday, April 12 - BMH Policy - Virtual Rally.  Thursday, April 13 - Support the BMH Movement.  Friday, April 14 - BMH Data + Innovation.  Saturday, April 15 - BMH Walk - Atlanta, GA.  Sunday, April 16 - BMH in Your Neighborhood.  Monday, April 17 - An Ode to Black Mamas Joy.  For more information, go to You can find registration links for each of the events on the BMMA website HERE

Virtual Events

2023 Black Maternal Health Conference - Friday, April 7th, 2023

Each year the BMHC, led by Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, selects a specific theme within Black maternal health disparities to focus on. The theme for this year is: “Centering the Role of Nurses and Midwives in Addressing the Black Maternal Health Crisis”. This conference will benefit public health/medical professionals, community organizers, students and anyone invested in supporting the advancement of Black maternal health. This year's conference will be held as a hybrid event (virtual and in-person). Please note that in-person seating is limited and information about the physical location is forthcoming. If interested, you can also receive Continued Medical Education credits (CMEs) by attending the conference.

The 2023 Black Maternal Health Conference Goals:

  • Recognize and understand the roles nurses and midwives play in improving maternal health care for Black birthing people.
  • Identify how health professionals can improve the Black maternal health experience. 
  • Understand the role that bias and systemic racism plays in causing adverse maternal health outcomes for Black women in the U.S.
  • Facilitate conversations between health professionals and the community at large on ways to become advocates and improve Black maternal healthcare.

Archived videos will be posted on the BMM Tufts YouTube channel.


The Transformative Power of Community Doulas - Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Join us in uplifting Black Maternal Health Week with a presentation by Frontline Doulas. We will learn about what it means to be a doula and birth worker, how a doula provides birth and family support, and what considerations to keep in mind when looking for a doula for yourself or a loved one. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of a panel of doulas during the Q&A portion of the program.


This event will be livestreamed at 10 AM on the Los Angeles Public Library's Youtube channel.


Perinatal Equity Conference - Wednesday, April 12, 2023

On behalf of the Santa Clara County Perinatal Equity Initiative, we are delighted to invite you to our virtual Perinatal Equity Conference on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, from 9:30am – 3:00pm. Our illustrious list of speakers includes national experts in health equity for the perinatal population, with the goal of improving health outcomes for African Ancestry women and birthing people.

Register for the conference here:

Please note: Registration is FREE and open to all who are interested in perinatal equity and systems change, and the content of our conference was curated with healthcare staff in mind. Registration closes at 8am PST on Friday, April 7th.

We will provide 3.5 hours of FREE Continuing Education Units (CE’s) for nurses. (Santa Clara County Public Health Nursing, Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12849, for 3.5 contact hours)

Please email with any general questions about the event. For questions regarding CE’s, please contact Pauline Del Rosario (

To learn more about our program, visit our website, and check out our regional campaign, #DeliverBirthJustice.


Black Maternal & Infant Mortality: Facts, Grief, Advocacy & Empowerment - Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Time: 6-7 PM

A webinar discussion on how we, as a community, can bring attention and action in improving Black maternal health and the after effects. Sponsored by the Ivy and Pearls Foundation.


  • Kamilah Davis, MSW, PPSC, CPSS. Program Coordinator, Perinatal Equity Initiative, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, MCAH
  • Tameko Jones, LCSW. Program Manager, Blue Skies Mental Wellness Program, Alameda County Public Health Department, MCAH
  • Patricia Calloway, BSN, PHN RN. Supervising Public Health Nurse, Building Bridges for Health Baby, Alameda County Public Health Department, Family Health Service

Registration required.


Exploring the Maternal Experience Survey - Thursday, April 13, 2023

The Maternal Experience Survey provides an opportunity for mothers to share their birthing experience - their emotions, complications, outcomes, and an honest assessment of the treatment they received from healthcare providers.

Despite medical advances, racial disparities in care continue to threaten the well-being of birthing people, families and communities. The survey seeks to use information collected to inform systematic changes needed to correct biases and ensure patient centered and equitable care for all.

Date(s): April 13, 2023
Time: 10 AM PT/1:00 PM

Registration required.


Black Men in the Movement Webinar - Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Black Women's Health Imperative and Quilted Health invite you to join us for a virtual webinar on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30pm ET/3:30 PM PT. We'll be discussing Black Men in the Movement for Reproductive Justice & Birth Equity and the roles of men in helping to restore Black autonomy & joy.  

Moderator: Jonathan Webb, CEO of AWHONN


William Moore, Doula and Race & Health Equity Administrator

Mohamed Kamara, CEO of InovCares

William Rowe, Lactation Educator


Date: Wednesday, April 12

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm ET

Location: Online via Livestream (Black Women's Health Imperative YouTube & FB)

Registration encouraged.


Restoring Black Autonomy and Joy through Innovative Research Practices - Friday, April 14, 2023

The fields of maternal and reproductive health continue to advance due in large part because of the knowledge, research and scholarship of Black women. 

Join us on #BMHW23 "Data & Innovation Day" (Friday, April 14) at 1:00 PM EDT/10:00 AM PT for a webinar that will highlight current Black maternal health data and showcase research endeavors led by Black scholars in the birth equity field.

Registration required.