The theme for this year’s Black Maternal Health Week is “Centering Black Mamas: The Right to Live & Thrive”. In honor of this theme, this webinar will introduce a new program called BElovedBIRTH Black Centering: Group Perinatal Care by, for, and with Black People. This program expands on the Centering model of care to provide holistic, culturally attuned and racially concordant perinatal care rooted in the frameworks of health equity, black feminism, reproductive justice, and research justice. Program aims include lifting up the community wisdom, voices, experiences, and expertise of Black birthing people, and reducing the impact of racism on maternal and infant health care experiences and outcomes. Based in Oakland California, BElovedBIRTH Black Centering is a collaboration between Highland Hospital- Alameda Health System, a safety-net healthcare provider, and the Alameda County Public Health Department.
Jyesha Wren, CNM, practices as a full scope midwife at Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System, Oakland California. She is a co-founder and program coordinator of BElovedBIRTH Black Centering. Jyesha has a background in Sociology and completed her midwifery education at the UC, San Francisco. She has coauthored papers and textbook chapters on racism in The Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, Varney’s Midwifery 6th Edition, and Gynecologic Health Care 4th Edition. She serves as “Volunteer Clinical Faculty” in UCSF’s Midwifery program, and was recently appointed as chair of the California Nurse Midwives Association’s Anti-Racism and Reproductive Justice Committee. Jyesha identifies as a Black/mixed race woman, cisgender, she/her. She is the mother of a 4yo son, Nadav. Her other loves include Afro-Latin dance, capoeira, movies, arts & crafts, and big trees.
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