The National Black Midwives Alliance (NBMA) is a network of Black midwives and Black student midwives, and their allies and supporters, who want to participate in the growing development, preservation, advocacy, and education of the Black midwifery work force in the United States. We are a project of the Southern Birth Justice Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Becoming a member of NBMA has several benefits:
- Having a Vote - If you identify as a Black midwife (whether practicing or retired) or Black student midwife, you have the opportunity to vote on specific issues within NBMA and guide the alliance’s priorities. All other membership levels do not vote but have the special opportunity to support our movement building.
- Collective Representation - All annual membership dues power NBMA’s objectives to represent and advocate for Black midwives across the country, to: 1. Take actions that help increase the number of Black midwives and access to Black midwives, 2. Raise public awareness about Black midwives, 3. Support legislative efforts led by Black midwives and supporters, 4. Advocate for and support the development of educational pathways for Black student midwives, including NBMA’s mentorship program and other campaigns for student midwives, 5. Establish and raise funds for a scholarship specifically designated for Black student midwives, and 6. Provide exclusive member benefits, for example: negotiating group discounts, access to legal advice and representation, and opportunities for training at subsidized or discounted costs.
- Networking and Professional Opportunities - As a member of NBMA you will receive access to a growing network of Black midwives, and will be the first to receive special access to academic, professional, networking, and community-building opportunities as well as special discounts on midwifery-related opportunities when they are available.
- Access to a Platform - As a member of NBMA, you have a platform to expand our collective voices, address the issues that concern you, and craft a sustainable vision for the future of Black midwives.
NBMA Primary Goals for 2022
- Establish a steering committee composed of qualified voting members that will govern NBMA’s major decision-making.
- Continue to expand and strengthen our mentorship program with new opportunities for supporting student midwives.
- Launch a scholarship fund for Black student midwives.
- To supply at least 100 Telehealth kits to practicing Black midwives
- To offer three educational webinars that supports the continued development of Black midwives and students.
This year, as we enter our fourth year of service, we would like your input in creating a sustainable infrastructure to further our collective needs. Join us in the visioning, strategic planning, and program design with new opportunities for leadership that will shape the future of our collective journey.