Birth in Color RVA

The Black Maternal Health Summit

Birth in Color RVA has collaborated with stakeholders to bring a summit that will bridge the gap between maternal and reproductive health justice. This will be a full day of speakers, workshops, and interactive learning. In Virginia, Black women are three times more likely to die than white women during childbirth or due to pregnancy-related causes. Our maternity care system is failing black women.

Our goal is to bring attention to unacceptable racial disparities in our maternity care systems, get out of our silos and equip all attendees with additional knowledge and tools to raise awareness and bring positive action to the issues that affect women at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives. Without Reproductive Justice there is no justice in maternal health. Overall health, sexual education, abortion, and contraception care are key factors to helping maternal health outcomes.

We encourage Nurses, Physicians, Social Workers, Family Practitioners, Pediatricians, OB/GYNs, Home Visitors, CHWs , Doulas, Public Health Professionals, Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and other healthcare professionals who provide care to black birthing people to attend the summit for an opportunity to hear high-impact presentations and panel discussions on improving maternal and reproductive health vitality to advance maternal, birth, and reproductive justice.

Continental Breakfast and Lunch are provided.

Event Keynote: Jennie Joseph is a well-respected health advocate for women and newborn babies. A British-trained midwife, Jennie has become one of the world’s most respected midwives and authorities on women’s health: healthy pregnancies, healthy deliveries and healthy babies. She’s become a true advocate for systematic reform that puts women and babies first in healthcare; before profit, convenience and the numerous reasons America trails other developed nations in healthy births. Jennie’s common sense approach has won her the attention of global news media and brought her invitations to speak all over the world. Jennie is the founder and executive director of Commonsense Childbirth Inc. but more importantly, she is the creator of The JJ Way®, a common-sense approach designed for women and children. She moved to the United States in 1989 and began a journey that has culminated in the formation of an innovative maternal-child healthcare system, markedly improving birth outcomes for thousands of women and children.

Event Type

United States

Friday, April 14th, 2023, 9am - 4pm
Duration of 7 hours