BLACK BIRTHWORKERS COMMUNITY

The goal of Maternal Mental Health NOW’s Black Birthworkers Community is to build capacity, create community, and provide support to Black birth workers in order to improve access to holistic, culturally appropriate perinatal mental health care for Los Angeles County’s Black birthing population.  Under the leadership of a 12-person Advisory Committee, the Black Birthworkers Community organizes events and iniatives that provide opportunities for care, celebration, support and connection between members of the Black workforce serving LA’s Black birthing community.  

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Anita Burdette
Anita BurdetteMedical Social Worker
Behavioral Health, Watts Health Care Corporation
Dr. Aziza Shepard
Dr. Aziza ShepardCo-Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Alina Whitmore
Dr. Alina WhitmoreChief Executive Officer
Youth Enterprise Inc.
Dr. Sydney Curls
Dr. Sydney CurlsPelvic Health Physical Therapist
Origin
Nakeisha Robinson
Nakeisha RobinsonConsultant, LA County Dept. of Public Health and i.D.R.E.A.M. for Racial Health Equity
Marquita Jones
Marquita JonesCommunity Outreach Liaison
The Children’s Collective Inc., Black Infant Health Program
Ebony Harvey, RN
Ebony Harvey, RNBirth Doula, CEO & Founder
In Harmony & Health Fertility, Birth and Wellness
Shiré Wortham
Shiré WorthamSocial Worker
Alliance for Children’s Rights
Dr. Sinmi Bamgbose
Dr. Sinmi BamgbosePsychiatrist
Mindful Health Solutions
Janelle Watson
Janelle WatsonFounder & Marriage Family Therapist
Embrace Wellness
Kimberly Gray
Kimberly GrayDirector of Development
Maternal Mental Health NOW
Anna King, LCSW, PMH-C
Anna King, LCSW, PMH-CDirector of Training
Maternal Mental Health NOW

Black Birthworkers Enrichment Fund

The LA County Black Birthworkers Enrichment Fund is offered in hopes of improving the well-being and birth outcomes of the Black birthing community by caring for those who care for them.  Funding is available to support Black Birthworkers at three levels:

Training and Education – up to $600 Aims to further recipient’s knowledge and skills related to their service as a birth worker including costs associated with new certification, continuing education units to maintain an existing certification, conference registrations, other educational opportunities, etc.

Personal –  up to $300  Aims to support recipient’s ability to provide high quality care to Black birthing people, including costs associated with emergency childcare, transportation, food, equipment, ergonomic chair/desk for work from home, etc.

Self-care –  up to $100 Aims to support recipient’s health and emotional wellness through self-care, including costs associated with a spa day, therapy session, personal day off work, supplements/vitamins, etc.

In the first application cycle, this fund will be piloted to individuals who have registered for at least one of the following BBW events: 2021 LA County Perinatal Mental Health Conference for Black Birth Workers, Clinicians & Providers (May 2021) or either of the LA County Black Birth Workers Networking Socials (November 2022 & August 2023).

To qualify, applicants must be a Black birth worker currently and actively (or aspiring to) serving Black birthing people in Los Angeles, submit an application by Monday, October 16, 2023 at 11:59pm PT, and provide corresponding documentation within 30 days of enrichment fund recipient notification. The term birth worker is used broadly and is inclusive of doulas, clinicians, physicians, lactation educators and consultants, holistic healers, nurses, and more.

To apply, click here. For more information, please view the  FAQ here.

For questions, concerns, or feedback please e-mail us bbw_fund@maternalmentalhealthnow.org.

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HISTORY

The Black Birthworkers Community is a direct response to the Perinatal Mental Health Conference for Black Birthworkers, Providers & Clinicians that Maternal Mental Health NOW and iDREAM for Racial Health Equity hosted in May 2021. The conference was the culminating event of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Outcomes for Pregnant and Postpartum Black Birthing People in LA County project.  The conference had 188 attendees, including mental health professionals, doulas, lactation consultants, parent and childbirth educators, nurses, home visitors, midwives, and physicians.  Overwhelming feedback from conference participants included requests to have additional opportunities to learn, network, celebrate and care for other Black birth workers on an ongoing basis.

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