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  • MomBAE X Westbrook Media Are Casting Pregnant Women!

    Black Maternal Health Victories Black women have been at risk to experience maternal mortality in this country since the beginning of history. With mortality rates 3-4x higher than other races, organizations such as The MomBAE Movement have made it their mission to not only bring awareness to the cause but to reduce the number of maternal deaths. As the fight for maternal health equality prevails, we applaud the significant victories such as The Momnibus Act which builds on existing maternal health legislation with 12 bills to address the clinical and nonclinical drivers of the maternal health crisis in the United States comprehensively. In just 2021 Vice President Kamala Harris announced a call of action to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. According to the Administration, these efforts include: a historic $3 billion investment will be made in maternal health, the release of guidelines to help states provide 12 months of continuous postpartum coverage through Medicaid which is up from 60 days, creating a new designation of the quality of maternal health services for US hospitals, Casting Call Details With so many moves to bring awareness to the black maternal healthcare crisis. MomBAE is excited to announce that we are looking for women to cast for a docu-series about Black Maternal Health. This series will be produced by Westbrook Media, founded by Will & Jada Smith. We are looking for black mamas who are: 3-5 months pregnant Reside in Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia Who is experiencing one or more of the following situations: Delivering at a birthing center Delivering in a hospital Utilizing community resources for maternal care Does not trust current OBGYN Actively sought care from a black doctor Switched medical providers due to bias or discrimination Partner validates concerns about not being taken seriously by a doctor Plan on hiring a doula for birth and postpartum care If this is you or someone you know, please email kristenpate.ep@westbrookinc.com Name Contact Info Social Media Links A short message sharing your pregnancy experience so far Women selected will be compensated. *Applications and casting have been closed* Questions or Want to help? please send an email at leesey@mombaeinc.org GET UPDATED WITH OUR FUTURE NEWS AND EVENTS FIRST WHEN YOU JOIN OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER.

  • Black Maternal Health Week 2022

    What is Black Maternal Health Week? Black Maternal Health Week is recognized each year from April 11-17 to bring attention and action to improving Black maternal health. In addition, many organizations supporting black maternal health have activities and forums and birth justice centered around human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance hosted the first BMHW campaign five years ago. Each year has a theme dedicated to increasing awareness and strengthening the cause. This year's theme is Building for Liberation: Centering Black Mamas, Black Families, and Black Systems of Care. During this week of awareness, the BMMA focuses on community building and activism with their plans to: “Deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US; Amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions; Center the voices of Black Mamas, women, families, and stakeholders; Provide a national platform for Black-led entities and efforts on maternal health, birth, and reproductive justice; and Enhance community organizing on Black maternal health" Why is Black Maternal Health Important? In a country where the maternal mortality rate is astronomical for a developed country, it is evidenced that black women are dying at rates 3-4 times higher than women of other races regardless of education or income level. Additionally, research since the 1990s has shown that racism has hurt the mental and physical health of Black mothers. How can I contribute to the Black Maternal Health Movement? You can contribute to the Black Maternal Health Movement in multiple ways. This week, you can join any of the activities going on during BMHW to further educate yourself on topics that promote birth justice, equality in the healthcare realm, and understanding how underlying racism plays a significant role in contributing to the black maternal mortality rate and the mortality rate for black infants. You can sponsor a doula by contributing to the Black Doula Campaign by The MomBAE Movement, which contributes to increasing the number of black doulas in communities for those who do not have access to maternal care professionals who are culturally sensitive and have the competency to support black mothers and infants during the pregnancy and birthing process. Know a mother who recently had a baby and could use some support? Enroll her in the BAE Support group, where we discuss various topics such as postpartum depression and birth stories, parenting tips, and lifestyle topics such as financial literacy dedicated to helping a mother ensure she is set up for success Volunteer to help contribute to the black maternal health movement. Volunteers allow grassroots organizations like The MomBAE Movement Inc to grow awareness of the black maternal health cause. Being a volunteer can be a rewarding experience and a very flexible way to help our cause with the options for in-person events and virtual. To learn more: About BMHW https://blackmamasmatter.org/bmhw/ White House Proclamation on Black Maternal Health Week https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/04/13/a-proclamation-on-black-maternal-health-week-2021/ About The MomBAE Movement https://www.mombaeinc.org

  • The Black Maternal Health Care Crisis In America

    How black pregnant women's fight for equality alerts the nation of an issue that has been steadily rising since the '90s Maternal Mortality The United States has prided itself on being “the land of the free” and a safe haven for individuals of all ethnic backgrounds. We have seen the US “defending” human rights around the world for many years. So why are Black mothers being overlooked for not receiving the care they need while being pregnant and when giving birth? The US has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries Sixty percent of maternal deaths are preventable, but continues to increase in the United States. How is it that other high-income countries have a much lower maternal death rate than the United States, better yet, why are we not learning from these countries to lower our pregnancy related death rate? What does maternal mortality mean? First let's get into exactly what is meant by maternal mortality. In the United States there are three commonly used measures of maternal deaths. Pregnancy-associated death: includes death while pregnant or within one year of the end of pregnancy. Pregnancy-related death: death while pregnant or within one year of the end of pregnancy from pregnancy complications, events initiated during pregnancy, or the aggravation of unrelated conditions by physiological effects of pregnancy. Maternal mortality: death while pregnant or within 42 days of the end of pregnancy. Why is it important to raise awareness of the condition of Black maternal health? The United States has prided itself on being “the land of the free” and a safe haven for individuals of all ethnic backgrounds. We have seen the US “defending” human rights around the world for many years. So why are Black mothers being overlooked for not receiving the care they need while being pregnant and when giving birth? We believe that every person has the right to receive the health care they need no matter what their ethnic background is. We all have the right to be healthy and to live a life of the same quality. This is why we are advocating for the Black mothers who are dying when giving birth even in today’s equipped hospitals and with access to high-quality health care. Recent studies have revealed that even with the United Nations Millennium Development Goal put in place to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015, the estimated maternal mortality rate for 48 States and Washington DC has increased from 2000 to 2014 by 26.6%. Moreover, it is evidenced that black women are dying 3 to 4 times more than white women regardless of their income or education level. Furthermore, according to the information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016, black babies are dying 2.3 times more than white babies. If we look back into history, it is estimated that the mortality rate of black babies was only 1.6 times higher than that of white children in 1850. This figure proves that the situation is getting worse despite having access to nowadays high quality health care system. So what is the cause of death in Black mothers and their children? Why are they dying more often than their white counterparts? Since the 1990s, research on maternal and infant death disparities has been carried out with findings that racism is one of the underlying issues having a bad effect on the mental and physical health of Black mothers. This together with the racial discrimination practiced by medical institutions is leaving Black mothers helpless at the most crucial and sensitive time of their lives - pregnancy. For example, the Black Mamas Matter Alliance noted that Black mothers have self-reported that their painful symptoms are being ignored or underestimated by doctors stating that such conditions are normal during prenatal or postpartum period. These Black women are then leaving hospitals without getting the help they need which very often leads to death. However, it is reported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that in most cases such death can be prevented by a timely intervention of a healthcare provider. What can we do to decrease the mortality rate of Black women and children? This concerning situation requires changes at both the institutional and societal level. It is necessary to adopt policies that will prevent this from happening. Medical staff should for example follow strict guidelines when providing healthcare to patients which includes enforcing discrimination against patients of different skin color. Healthcare institutions could also work alongside specialists on racism to learn how racial discrimination can be prevented on the side of doctors. Fortunately, the Biden-Harris Administration has announced during the Black Maternal Health Week on 13 April 2021 the first actions to be taken to help solve the Black Maternal Health Crisis. One of the solutions offered is the establishment of the White House Gender Policy Council which will amongst others strive for gender equality and increased access to quality health care. Such support from the Federal Government is crucial. However, implementation of these actions into practice will take some time and we will see their results only in the future. But what can be done now to protect our black mothers? The Medical News Today published an article in June 2021 offering the following suggestions: Select a doctor who respects other cultures. Educate yourself about the serious health conditions you might experience during the prenatal and postpartum period and learn to recognize their symptoms (such as preeclampsia - rise in blood pressure and swelling and postpartum bleeding called hemorrhage). If you feel that your doctor is not taking your symptoms seriously, seek help from a different healthcare provider. If your financial situation does not allow you to get high-quality prenatal and postpartum care, try to get financial help from the two governmental programmes - Medicare and Medicaid. Ask your doctor to keep written records related to your health conditions especially if the doctor is ignoring your symptoms or refuses to provide you with the treatment you believe you need. Ask your doctor to record your visits which might increase the accountability of your practitioner. These recommendations might be helpful, but we believe that racial discrimination has to be stopped at the entire society level and The MomBAE Movement Inc. will do everything possible to bring awareness to this issue.

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  • HOME | Maternal Health

    Mission Statement The MomBAE Movement Inc is dedicated to reducing the number of black maternal deaths in the US by improving mother's rights education and increasing access to culturally sensitive healthcare. ​ ​ ​ ​ Fair maternal healthcare, for everyone. Vision Statement LEARN MORE What We Do WE HELP MOTHERS IN UNDERSERVED AREAS BY PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES, RESOURCES, AND SUPPORT TO REDUCE THE BLACK MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE. DONATE ITEMS DONATE TIME DONATE MONEY Support Groups Mental Health Wellness Training Prenatal & Postpartum Support Groups Mental Health Wellness Sponsored Therapy Sessions We assist mothers who are experiencing mental health issues such as postpartum depression and anxiety by partnering with mental health professionals who can provide the catered support black mothers need. We have made the commitment to give women, mothers, and allies of the cause the tools needed to navigate through the journey of pregnancy, womanhood, and motherhood through education, mentorship, and empowerment. Did You Know? Black women are 3-4x more likely to die from pregnancy related causes than their non-black counterparts At least 60% of maternal deaths are preventable Our nation's capital, Washington D.C. has the highest black maternal mortality rate in the nation with 71 deaths per 100,000 live births What We Do Training & Development We cover a variety of topics to educate women such as child birth education, career development, wellness, and more. The MomBAE Movement club on ClubHouse ​ Monthly Virtual Support Groups Each month there is a new topic discussed that allows mothers to share and hear stories from women like them as they curate relationships with one another. Special Guest are included. For more information click here. Community Outreach The MomBAE Awareness & Outreach Program ​ Saturday Community Beautification follow us on Follow Us Prenatal & Postpartum Pregnancy Advocacy Partner ​ Access to doula services ​ Access to Postpartum Kits and Resources ​ ​ JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER CLICK TO SIGN UP FOR OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

  • OUR STORY | Maternal Health

    Welcome to The MomBae Movement Inc. A safe space & platform for mothers to be empowered, supported, and advocated for. History of The MomBae Movement? The MomBae Movement Inc was founded by a mom who's life was almost cut short due to the negligence of healthcare professionals. She quickly discovered this was a growing concern in the black community and saw a gap in adequate maternal health care. In 2016 pregnant with twins I almost died due to health care professionals negligence. With having insurance from a top provider, and ensuring I had a medical team at one of the top hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia, not receiving proper care was the last thing I worried about. As being deemed a high risk pregnancy I was in the mind space that I would be receiving care that ensured my twins and I would be safe throughout this journey. As my pregnancy persisted my concerns of not being able to keep anything down not even water, went from my providers telling me I had an extreme case of hypermesis to my doctors finally checking me after going back twice only to tell me we had to quickly induce due to Baby A having lost a large amount of fluid. ​ As I got my epidural the professional is telling me how quickly he has to do this process because he is behind (as the needle is being inserted in my back). I felt everything during labor, but again to them I was just another mother overreacting. ​ Two blood transfusions later... ​ Hours after having my babies I began to notice my extremities mainly my legs had swollen considerably and because I experienced no swelling during my pregnancy I was alarmed. I notified three different nurses and each time they just told me "swelling is normal during pregnancy." ​ A few days after delivery, I began to experience severe chest pains to the point I was unable to breathe. Having to leave my newborn babies at home I went back to the hospital to discover that I had a large amount of fluid on my lungs, and not only that but I had a hole in my heart, diagnosed as arterial septal defect and my twin pregnancy put a massive strain on my heart. ​ I waited for what felt like hours to know if I was going to die or not. I was scared, I missed my babies, the only answer I was getting was "good thing you came in today or you would've DIED." ​ But I survived. ​ Many mothers do not. ​ Having conquered a near death experience, I soon experienced a wave of postpartum depression, that I was not familiar with or educated on. At my 6 week check up I let my doctor know how I was feeling especially as someone who had been diagnosed with depression and severe anxiety years before, and his words were ​ "As long as you do not feel like killing anyone, you'll be okay." ​ I fought my way to become stronger and seek my own help, but not everyone is able nor has the resources to fight their way through the murky waters of doctors not providing black mothers with the proper care. ​ Where was the upholding of the Hippocratic oath? ​ Where was a community to help me advocate and provide support during the most vulnerable time in my life? ​ In 2016 when my twins were born, my fight for black maternal health care was born and so was The MomBAE Movement, because it's Moms, Before Anything Else. ​ ​ Leesey Bengall founder, The MomBAE Movement, Inc. Many mothers have experienced far worse situations that this Share Your Story Respect Empowerment Integrity Community MENTORSHIP MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT We provide guidance, influence, or direction to mentees by focusing on three keys roles in the mentor-mentee relationship. Consultant. Counselor. Cheerleader. ADVOCACY & SUPPORT We advocate for the voiceless by providing resources and services through our online communities. Teamwork MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT Growth SELF-DEVELOPMENT We create an environment to grow together as stronger and more empowered by cultivating resilience, developing a growth-mindset. We develop relationships with mental health professionals to allow mothers to receive guidance and support for emotional, mental, behavioral obstacles

  • VOLUNTEER | Maternal Health

    WANT TO BE A PART OF MAKING AN IMPACT IN THE BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH CRISIS IN AMERICA? We are currently looking for volunteers for virtual and in person volunteer positions. ​​ If you’re interested in any of our current volunteer opportunities, please use the volunteer form to sign up. We are always looking for friendly and energetic volunteers that are passionate about our cause. ​ Our volunteers are essential to us and are vital in seeing that our organization grows. We do offer to track hours and a certificate of hours volunteered to all volunteers. WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP ​ WE WANT TO HELP AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN Volunteers helps us increase our reach to share our cause we as many people as possible. ​ YOUR SUPPORT WILL BRING MORE ENERGY Volunteers help bring new and positive energy into our organization. ​ WE ALWAYS BELIEVE IN TEAMWORK We believe in community and team building ​ ​ BECOME A VOLUNTEER HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING FOR OUR LATEST INITITAIVE: BIG DOULA ENERGY CLICK HERE COMMITTEES News & Media Keep our supporters in the loop by keeping them updated with trending news, various blog posts, and community exclusive newsletters. Digital Organization & Content Social Media plays a huge role in spreading awareness about our cause. Our content creators will be a driving force in our campaigns by creating social media content and graphic designs; sharing vital messages around black maternal health and current initiatives. Events & Fundraising Is planning a party or an event your thing? Join our events and fundraising committee to aid in the planning of our events & assist in being the driving force in our fundraisers Research & Politics Are you a master Googler? A bookworm? Do you like to research and get the facts on the latest topics? Our research and politics committee gets us all the tea on everything maternal health, reproductive rights, and all things mamas need to know! Social Impact At MomBAE we want to make sure we continue to implement fresh new ideas for the community and to serve our goals. This committee plays a huge role in our partnerships with other local organizations.

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