Postpartum Justice Issues

The “postpartum storm” is an analogy to describe the forces - racism, sexism, individualism, the abandonment of traditional wisdom, and a profit-driven health care system - that are the root causes of the worsening maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. This page and its links provide resources exploring these issues and possible solutions through articles, videos, books, service, and advocacy. Feel free to reach out to send the M2M team additional sources you find helpful for yourself and others.

 

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articles and Videos

Racism

Sexism

Individualism

Abandonment of Traditional Wisdom

Health Care System

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These articles are related to the postpartum experience. We welcome your literature search efforts. Please add to this list through our CONTACT PAGE

 
 
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Books

AAPI Health Research Group, From Mothers to Mothers - A Collection of Traditional Asian Postpartum Recipes, AAPIHRG, 2017.

Allers, Kimberly Seals, The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine BreastfeedingSt. Martin's Press, 2017.

Hascup, Valera Alexandra, Postpartum Depression Among Women of Hispanic and Latino Ancestry: The Cultural Context, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2013.

Johnson, Kimberly A, The Fourth Trimester-a postpartum guide to healing your body, balancing your emotions and restoring your vitalityShambhala Publications, 2017.

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These articles are related to the postpartum experience. We welcome your literature search efforts. Please add to this list through our CONTACT PAGE.

 
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Services and Advocacy

SUN KISSED DOULAS 

  • This is an African American doula network dedicated to increasing the number of African American doulas and advocating for women of color. Check out their website if you're a doula of color, an ally, or a woman looking for a doula to support her birth.

BLACK WOMEN BIRTHING JUSTICE

  • Black Women Birthing Justice is a collective of African-American, African, Caribbean and multiracial women who are committed to transforming birthing experiences for black women and transfolks.

MAMAS OF COLOR RISING 

  • According to their website, it "is a collective of working class and poor mothers of color based in and around Austin, TX. We are interested in organizing ourselves and other women/mamas of color around issues with accessing needs like food, housing, education and safety, finding out together what our larger ideal community looks like and building it together." Check out their website to learn more about what the collective is doing to empower and build their community!

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