April 2024

In this month's newsletter, we celebrate the seventh annual Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW)
and share upcoming events and opportunities. Keep reading for more! 

Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) is here! AAIMM is excited to join our community partners in proudly celebrating this year's theme: 
"Our Bodies STILL Belong to Us: Reproductive Justice NOW!" for the seventh annual BMHW celebration from April 11-17.


Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), BMHW is a week of awareness, activism, and community building. 
The week kicks off on April 11, which is globally recognized as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights – an opportunity to join the worldwide community advocating for the elimination of maternal mortality. 


This year’s AAIMM activities for Black Maternal Health Week are very diverse—ranging from birthing tours, documentary screenings, educational sessions with doulas, and much more. They all amplify the voices of Black mamas and birthing persons and center the values and history of the reproductive and birth justice movements.


Please visit our BMHW 2024 page for updated event listings and other information, and feel free to share the link with your village. Help us make BMHW one of the most talked about activities in L.A. County. Follow @blackinfantsandfamiliesla on Instagram for updates and use #BMHW24 and #BlackMaternalHealthWeek to help spread awareness.


Calendar of Events


Official Proclamation by Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors declared birthing justice and equity once again passed a motion recognizing April 11-17 as Black Maternal Health Week and officially declared April 16 as the Day of the Black Infant.  


 "Black Maternal Health Week” (April 11-17), was established by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance in 2018 to bring local attention to the national maternal health care crisis in the Black community, and to promote education and advocacy around the experiences of Black mothers/birthing persons. This week in April is celebrated by centering Black mothers/birthing persons, families, and the systems of care working on their behalf toward joyous and healthy pregnancies and births. The theme for this year’s Black Maternal Health Week is “Our Bodies Still Belong to Us: Reproductive Justice Now!” 


Recommendation as submitted by Supervisor Mitchell: 
Proclaim the week of April 11 through 17, 2024, as “Black Maternal Health Week,” and April 16, 2024 as “The Day of the Black Infant” throughout the County; instruct the Director of Public Health to report back to the Board in writing within 60 days with plans to activate internal and community stakeholders to implement interventions and support current programs and services known to reduce racial disparities in perinatal outcomes, such as Community Action Teams, Doula Program expansion, Fatherhood Engagement, Guaranteed Income pilot, and promotion of other financial relief, the report back should also include plans to expand and outreach these resources to residents in need and how data collection can  
improve outreach and engagement throughout the County; instruct all County Departments to stand in solidarity with the County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Initiative and its Community Partners in eliminating racism and bias in health care and related services and resources; encourage residents to learn about available services and resources, as well as ways to get involved by visiting AAIMM’s website at blackinfantsandfamiliesla.org or social media at @blackinfantsandfamiliesla and  
www.facebook.com/blackinfantsandfamilies; and encourage residents to participate in upcoming events occurring in the Second District during Black  
Maternal Health Week, including a community baby shower, doula meet-and-greets, and a Black Mamas Tour, residents can learn more at www.blackinfantsandfamiliesla.org



Extra Cash for Expecting Moms:
CA Abundant Birth Project (CA ABP) is Accepting Applications 


The California Abundant Birth Project (CA ABP) is a guaranteed income program that provides cash during pregnancy.
It was developed by Expecting Justice and the community to make birthing healthier and safer for the people facing the greatest risk during their pregnancy journey.


CA ABP provides cash with no strings attached as a way to prevent stress during pregnancy.
Research shows that reducing stress can help to prevent babies from being born too early or too small and can also protect the health of the mother or birthing parent.
By providing unconditional cash, parents have resources to support themselves and their families, and babies have the chance at a healthy start. 


The first step is filling out the application. Please note that potential recipients must be 27-weeks pregnant. In addition to the cash benefit, ABP participants
will have access to birthing coaches. Share this information with people you know and encourage them to apply today.


Applications are now open!




Visit our AAIMM village at the KJLH Women's Health Expo on Saturday, May 11 from 8am-5pm. 


This year's event will have breakout sessions, a healthy dishes stage, exercise zone, free massages and health screenings, and so much more! 





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