There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the headlines and statistics about Black birthing experiences.
But what about the JOY!
My name is Kimberly Seals Allers and I’m a journalist, author of five books, former senior editor at Essence, maternal and infant health strategist and founder of the Irth—a rating app for hospitals and physicians made by and for Black women & birthing people of color.
Welcome to Birthright, a podcast about joy and healing in Black birth. By seeking out and exploring positive birth stories we can find ideas, solutions and blind spots in our quest to make the birth experience equitable for all Black birthing bodies.
I’ve worked in the Black birth and breastfeeding space for nearly a decade, I have become increasingly concerned about the narrative that stokes fear in many Black birthing bodies and ignores the power of Black joy as a tool for birth equity.
Birthright will offer powerful positive birth stories, layered with research, historical context, to create inspiring and instructive content for Black women and birthing people, as well as for providers, hospitals, and others in the birthing ecosystem.
The goal is to create a space that gives Black birthing people hope and community.
Join me here as we reclaim that Birthright one story at a time.