Black Birth Story Podcast, Birthright, Hosts ‘Restoration’ Mental Health Healing Sessions for Birth Trauma Survivors After Black Maternal Health Week 2022
Seals the Allers pellets The bottom at Heal Black Birth, a national fundraiser campaign to raise $50,000 to provide therapy by trained perinatal mental health professionals of color to hundreds of black births. “We may not be able to prevent all harm to black people giving birth in the medical and industrial complex, but we can support their recovery. This is due to them. It’s their birthright,” says Seals Allers.
In honor of Black Maternal Health Week 2022, Seals Allers hosted a special Twitter Spaces audio event, “Black Birthing Joy as Liberation,” on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. ET. The event explored the birthright of black people giving birth and how to move from surviving childbirth to thriving childbirth. She was joined by guests from the first season of Birthright, Whitney Robinson, who still found joy after her home birth turned into a hospital transfer, and Morine Cerbert Gators, a mother whose photo of his all-black birth team went viral. Laurie Zephyrin, vice president for Advancing Health Equity at the Commonwealth Fund, and Rachel Nicks, founder of Birth Queen, also joined in the conversation.
The second season of Birthright launched last month with an exploration of trans birth in the United States with Kayden X Coleman, a trans father of two; followed by new birth details for actress Christina Elmore as she deals with postpartum while playing Condola on Insecure; a birth experience in rural Georgia; and an overview of the donor insemination journey with more compelling stories along the way.
“We must never forget our joy. Finding moments of joy is how our ancestors survived and it is our birthright. Nor can we allow the single narrative of black maternal health to be full of woes. We are aware, but not sad,” says Seals Allers, former editor at Essence and founder of the Irth app for unbiased childbirth, which brings historical context and other expert voices to every childbirth story. “Birthright reminds us that there are positive and joyful experiences and that we must also learn from them.” New episodes are released weekly on Wednesdays.
Coleman and four other Birthright guests from the first season were featured in a Well + Good photo essay, “Joy is a metricwhere black parents reflected on how they found joy at birth and beyond.
Produced by Motor City Woman Studios, a Detroit-based black woman-owned audio production studio, Birthright is funded by the California Health Care Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund and is a project of Narrative Nation Inc., a black women-owned nonprofit organization , based on media and technology. At New York. Narrative Nation also created Irth, Like at Birth But Without the B for Bias, the first rating and rating app for black and brown parents to find and leave reviews of maternity doctors and hospitals. childbirth. Learn more at www.BirthrightPodcast.com
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