I am supporting the Black Power Blueprint by committing to raise funds towards the Black Power Blueprint’s African Women’s Health Center and Doula Training Program in North St. Louis!
African newborns are more likely to survive childbirth when cared for by African birth practitioners, including doulas and midwives, with some studies showing that when African women receive care from African practitioners their mortality rate is cut in half.
African infants are 3 times more likely to die before the age of 1 as compared with white infants; enough to fill 15 kindergarten classrooms.
This is a neighborhood that is 95% African, the majority of whom live below the poverty line. African people in the St. Louis area are 3.23 times more likely than whites to live in poverty, the eighth-highest disparity out of 48 metro areas.
Black women have higher rates of C-section births, and their needs, concerns and pain are routinely dismissed by traditional health systems. They are turning to midwives and doulas after years of feeling dismissed in hospitals; this program will facilitate their ability to take control of their health. Black women are three to four times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women.
For white people, contributing resources to these programs is a stand of reparations to African people. Solidarity with the African community-led struggle for reparations which means repairing the damage of centuries of injustice and oppression in a country built on the original sin of slavery, genocide and colonialism.
This is another black community-led project of the nonprofit African People's Education and Defense Fund that improves the well-being of the African community and helps close the huge disparities imposed on African people in overall health and life expectancy. Please join me in being a part of building an African Women’s Health Center on the northside of St. Louis.