to create sustainable perinatal health equity in Kansas through community education, direct advocacy and informational support that centers the needs of Black, Latinx and Indigenous families. Our mission is
Together, we will build upon the collective power and determination within our neighborhoods to bring about a legacy of birth equity in Wichita, Kansas!
Neighborhood Doula Advocates Program
Wichita Birth Justice Society plans to begin hosting a birth worker mentorship group. The group is being 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 fall of 2021. To join the group, please email email@example.com
Launching in FALL 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.
“A Day of Action for Black Maternal and Infant Health”, an event led by Wichita Birth Justice Society, was declared a citywide day of recognition by Mayor Brandon Whipple. In recognition of the proclamation, over 200 individuals took action virtually to bring awareness and action to the issue of Kansas’ poor track record of racial disparities in rates of Black moms and babies dying.
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 bac k with a new program, Neighborhood Doula Advocates.
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.
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