The Nudge

Birth Justice with Jamarah Amani

January 08, 2021 Anna Wheatley Scarbriel, Jamarah Amani Season 1 Episode 9
The Nudge
Birth Justice with Jamarah Amani
Show Notes

My guest this episode is Jamarah Amani. Jamarah is a community midwife who believes in the power of birth and the right of every birthing person to the care and services they need. Jamarah’s lived mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally in South FL, nationally in the US, and globally. A community organizer from the age of sixteen, Jamarah has worked with several organizations across the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa on various public health issues, including HIV prevention, maternal and infant mortality, access to emergency contraception and access to midwifery care. She’s  currently the director of Southern Birth Justice Network, a non-profit organization working to demand dignity for pregnant and parenting people and to make midwifery and doula care accessible to marginalized communities. Jamarah is also the co-founder of National Black Midwives Alliance and was the 2019 recipient of the Trailblazer Award from the City of Miami.

Our conversation centers around Birth justice, racial maternal disparities, the power of alignment, and doing life (and birth) on your own terms. 

Mentioned in this episode:

Statistics on black maternal health 

  • Black women are three to four times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women.
  • Black women are more likely to experience preventable maternal death compared with white women.
  • Black women’s heightened risk of pregnancy-related death spans income and education levels.

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