PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

Launching in SUMMER 2021, the Text-an-Advocate line will connect parents of color with real time advocacy during pregnancy & birth. The line will also connect parents to resources and information to assist families in having empowered, self-directed, healthy birth experiences.
House Bill 2108 and Senate Bill 42 were introduced to the federal and state affairs committee in January of 2021. This bill, co-written by Melody McCray-Miller of Wichita Birth Justice Society and Dr. Sharla Smith of the Kansas Birth Equity Network, mandates changes to the way Kansas reviews cases in which Black mothers have died of childbirth related causes. The bill would require that the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment create a subcommittee to review these cases and that issues of systemic racism be taken into account when determining the cause(s) of the maternal deaths.
Wichita Birth Justice Society hosts a birth worker mentorship group for Black, Indigenous and Latinx individuals residing in the Wichita area. The group was formed to assist with increasing the number of birth workers of color in Wichita. Access to monthly lunch and learn topics as well as a comprehensive lending library will be available for free to group members starting the summer of 2021. To join the group, please email wichitabirthjusticesociety@gmail.com
Sacred Days Doula Service was a pilot program exclusively serving families of color in Wichita with birth and postpartum doula support at no cost. The program was a success and 36 individuals were served between October of 2019 to November of 2020. The community response to the Sacred Days pilot program was so positive that we’re bringing doula services back- stay tuned for more information!

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