The Black Mamas Matter Alliance serves as a national entity working to advance black maternal health, rights, and justice, and uplifts the work of locally based, black women-led maternal health initiatives and organizations. We honor the work and historical contributions of black women’s leadership within their communities. We value the need to recognize, amplify, and support this work on a national scale. For this reason, BMMA does not have chapters. The alliance is composed of existing organizations and individuals whose work is deeply rooted in reproductive justice, birth justice, and the human rights framework.
The Black Mamas Matter Alliance operates as a functioning body through engaged and active partners; working nationally with a local scope. BMMA partnerships signals an agreement of the vision, mission, goals, and values of the alliance, and demonstrates a commitment to actively participate in the alliance’s initiatives.
Kindred Partners and Collaborators are individuals or organizations (including agencies, institutions, centers, coalitions, non-profits, etc.) that work on BMMA initiatives and activities. They possess the following:
- Demonstration of the full commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance;
- Actively attend, contribute to, and participate in BMMA collaborative activities;
- Provide support through sharing of resources (e.g. direct and indirect funding, technical assistance), skills, expertise, and time; and
- Share knowledge and information on tools, best practices, lessons learned, events, initiatives, and program and policy approaches (local, state, regional, national, and international) that help to alleviate adverse black maternal health outcomes.