Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), the Black Maternal Health Conference (BMHC) is the premiere assembly for Black women, clinicians, professionals, advocates, and other stakeholders working to improve maternal health using the birth justice, reproductive justice, and human rights frameworks. This year’s virtual conference will offer a national space for learning, rich discussions, and mobilization to transform Black maternal health, rights, and justice. We need a place to be in community together, to vision and dream, and to celebrate each other.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. Even more alarming are the racial and ethnic disparities that exist in pregnancy-related deaths. Black women are most disproportionately affected with a mortality rate of 37.1 deaths per 100,000 live births, compared to 14.7 deaths per 100,000 live births and 11.8 deaths per 100,000 live births for White and Hispanic women, respectively.
BMHC meets a national need for a forum dedicated to Black Maternal Health and Black people working to improve our outcomes. To date, discussions about Black Maternal Health have been carved into existing reproductive, maternal, and public health conferences where there is little space for meaningful dialogue and limited framing on health equity and reproductive justice. BMMA has created that space with the BMHC and we center Black Mamas voices and experiences in all activities. This conference is for us, by us!
The BMHC will be segmented into five tracks: Holistic Care & Clinical Innovation, Policy/Advocacy, Research, Culture Shift (Creative), and Special Topics
The BMHC will:
- Build capacity of Black leaders in maternal health to shape programs, policy, and care and engage in evidence-based advocacy;
- Disseminate best practices to address critical issues in Black maternal health from different sectors including research, care, policy, and culture shift; and
- Grow a community and network of stakeholders committed to improving Black maternal health.
- Cultivate a space of love, respect and listening that centers the voices and experiences of Black Mamas, Black Birthworkers, Black scholars, and Black Women leaders
THE FINALIZED BMHC21 AGENDA IS HERE!
Tentative BMHC21 Agenda NOW AVAILABLE! Information in this document is still being finalized and subject to change.
Who is the BMHC for?
BMHC is targeted to care providers, researchers, advocates, public health professionals, and Black Mamas who are working to advance maternal, birth, and reproductive justice, and those who are interested in learning more about how to work towards health equity using the reproductive justice and birth justice frameworks. We also welcome artists, media and cultural workers who want to elevate the voices and experiences of Black Mamas and the various issues connected to Black maternal health. It is open to anyone who is invested in the health and longevity of Black Mamas and Black innovators in health who serve our communities!
Those who participate in the BMHC will:
- Deepen their understanding of contributing factors to Black maternal health outcomes
- Learn about and ideate community-driven program, care, and policy solutions
- Gain skills to engage more effectively in evidence-based advocacy
- Comprehend the current evidence base and identify ongoing research needs
- Explore how culture is a necessary and powerful part of healing and resistance
Whether you’re working in public health or healthcare, or other sectors that impact health outcomes of Black women like law, policy and government, this conference is for you. If you’re an artist, advocate or content creator that wants to lift up the importance of Black maternal health, we’d love to have you. Register now and be a part of this important national movement to improve the health outcomes of Black Mamas!
$175 Early Bird Registration: February 22nd – March 12th
Participants registering for #BMHC21 during these dates will receive custom swag including a #BMHC21 Official Priority Swag Package. Please indicate your preferred t-shirt size during registration.
$200 Regular Registration: March 13th – March 27th (EXTENDED TO April 3rd, 2021 *does not include swag package)
Attendees registering for #BMHC21 between these dates will receive a #BMHC21 Official Swag Package including a Notepad, Pen, Buttons & Stickers.
$250 Late Registration: April 3rd – April 8th
Registration Add-On: Groove Thang $75
Join us as we jam out to celebrate Day 1 of the Black Maternal Health Virtual Conference with our exclusive Groove Thang Special. This registration add-on will give you access to a special guest DJ, a custom #BMHC21 coaster by BlackLikeINeverLeft, and custom #BMHC21 Simple Syrup Mixture for a libation of your choice from CocktailsByPop. Limited tickets available.
Thank You to our BMHC21 Sponsors!
BMHC21 Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute?
The Black Maternal Health Conference (BMHC) and Training Institute, founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, is the premiere assembly for Black women, clinicians, professionals, advocates, and other stakeholders working to improve maternal health using the birth justice, reproductive justice, and human rights frameworks. It will offer a national space for learning, rich discussions, and mobilization to transform Black Maternal Health, Rights, and Justice. Click here for additional information.
What is the Black Mamas Matter Alliance?
BMMA is a national network of black women-led organizations and multi-disciplinary professionals who work to ensure that all Black Mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy. BMMA honors the work and historical contributions of Black women’s leadership within their communities and values the need to amplify this work on a national scale. For this reason, BMMA does not have chapters. The alliance is composed of existing organizations and individuals (Midwives, OB/GYNs, Nurses, Doulas, Researchers, Public Health Professionals, Perinatal Support Workers, Attorneys, Lactation Consultants, and Artists) whose work is deeply rooted in reproductive justice, birth justice, and the human rights framework.. Visit our website for more information.
Where are the conference events and activities taking place?
The conference is fully online this year. We are wherever you are!
Will I be able to register for the BMHC 2021 Conference on site?
No! Registration closes on April 8th, 2021.
What is the cancellation and refund policy?
No refunds will be issued for cancellation – no exceptions.
Can I pay via check?
Yes, check payment will be accepted for registration. Please make the check out to Black Mamas Matter Alliance and mail to: 1237 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd · Atlanta, Georgia 30310. When you register, please select check payment at checkout. Your registration will be on hold until the check is received and cleared. Check payment must be received by March 31, 2021 or your registration hold will be released.
How do I obtain a W-9?
If your organization requires a w-9 for check payment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I transfer my registration to another individual?
Yes. To do so, please send an email to email@example.com by March 31, 2021. Your email must include your name, registration confirmation number, and the name and email address of the individual who will be taking your place. Please note that BMMA will not issue refunds for any transfer of registration. In addition, BMMA will not be party to or facilitate any transfer of funds or reimbursement for transfer of conference registration. BMMA will solely be responsible for transferring the registration and providing confirmation of transfer.
Who do I contact for any questions?
For any questions about the conference registration, payments, transfers, etc., please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow up to two business days for a response.
What can attendees expect?
Attendees can expect an exciting, innovative and much-needed discussion around Black maternal health. We are bringing together researchers, health professionals, advocates, mamas, and students with a passion for health equity and reproductive justice for Black mamas. Please see our schedule and pages for more information.