The NBMA objectives include:
1. To increase the number of Black midwives and access to Black midwives in order to have more providers who can impact perinatal health disparities.
2. To raise public awareness that Black midwives exist and provide services in their respective communities.
3. To support legislative efforts led by Black midwives and supporters in various states.
4. To advocate for and support the development of educational pathways for Black student midwives.
5. To establish and raise funds for a scholarship specifically designated for Black student midwives.
6. To provide member benefits, for example: negotiating group discounts, providing mentorship program, access to legal advice and representation.
Jamarah is a community midwife believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed/chestfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally 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, infant mortality risk reduction, access to emergency contraception and access to midwifery care.
Jamarah studied Africana Studies, Women’s Studies and Midwifery at centers of learning such as University of Pennsylvania, Clark Atlanta University and, most recently, International School of Midwifery. Jamarah is also a Certified Lactation Consultant.
Haguerenesh has 18 years professional maternal and child health experience in the US, Ethiopia, and Namibia. Her relevant work experience include maternal health research and program evaluation, birth doula, home birth apprentice and NICU RN. She is the founder and facilitator of Mamaz Circles, a prenatal and postpartum support service for women, and a collaborator on the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. She considers herself a birth worker first and birth justice is her mission. She is currently the director of community outreach and translation at the Emory C-CHEM2 Project and a nurse midwifery student. In her role at the C-CHEM2 project she strives to share up to date, useful, environmental health research with women and families, with special emphasis on Black women and what we can do in our everyday lives to reduce/prevent harmful exposures. Haguerenesh holds a bachelor’s degree in medical anthropology and a master’s in international health and development.