Black Lives Matter

PRONTO International stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in campaigning against violence and systemic racism towards Black people; calling for an end to police brutality; and asking for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the tragically long list of Black people who have been unjustly killed, injured, and traumatized at the hands of law enforcement. PRONTO International and each person employed by PRONTO acknowledge that we must be accountable for changing ourselves and the power structures that have oppressed Black people for far too long. As individuals and as a health organization, we recognize racism as not only a human rights issue but a public health issue. The health disparities that Black communities experience every day are a direct result of the deep, devastating roots of racism in the United States. As we listen, learn, and change, we want to start by sharing Black-led organizations that advocate for and work with Black mothers for birth justice in the United States. We hope you will join us in learning from and supporting the important and urgent work being done by these organizations.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Black Mamas Matter Alliance "center[s] Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice." They envision "a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy."

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Global Perinatal Services

Global Perinatal Services "mission is to provide community based doula services that will educate, respect and empower low-income, refugee and immigrant women and their families during pregnancy, birth and into early parenting."

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The Black Doula

Sabia C. Wade's mission is to "bring inclusive, accessible and full spectrum education and resources to all individuals and organizations ready to take the next step in creating a world of inclusion, justice and equity to birthing people all over the world."

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The National Association to Advance Black Birth

The NAABB "provides advocacy, support and programs that directly help black women and persons throughout the birthing process. Our work is focused on improving the birthing experience across the board, from equity and humanity in the way black women are treated throughout the birth process, to reducing mother and infant mortality, to increasing the number of black midwives and birth workers, to helping the majority community understand, identify and stop the bias and racism in the treatment of black women in healthcare settings."

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Sistas Caring 4 Sistas

SistasCaring4Sistas is a community-based doula program founded by women of color for women of color who could benefit from this evidence-based form of birth support. SistasCaring4Sistas seeks to "eradicate disparities in maternal and infant mortality by providing education and doula services before, during, and after pregnancy for families who face adverse maternal health outcomes."

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