Missouri Black Maternal Health Week

Collaborative Approaches to Advance Joyful, Positive and Healthy Birthing Experiences for Black Mamas in Missouri

Missouri Collaborates with Black Mamas Matter Alliance for Black Maternal Health Week

Held annually on April 11-17th, BMHW is a week-long campaign led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance​ to build awareness, activism, and community-building​ to amplify ​the voices, perspectives and lived experiences of Black Mamas and birthing people.

The week is intentionally held during National Minority Health Month and begins on April 11th annually to join dozens of global organizations in marking this day as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights – an opportunity to advocate for the elimination of maternal mortality globally. The activities and conversations hosted throughout the week intentionally center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. ​


Our Bodies STILL Belong to Us: Reproductive Justice NOW!

This years national BMHW theme is “Our Bodies STILL Belong to Us: Reproductive Justice NOW!” This year's bold theme highlights the shift in culture to advance the right to bodily autonomy throughout the reproductive and maternal health phase, and for Black women to lead the change in policy and practice to benefit their health and well-being. This year, statewide organizations, leaders, and pioneers will work collaboratively to align with BMMA's core mission and goals to guide and advance Black Maternal Health in Missouri. BMMA's Mission and Goals can be found here.

How to Get Involved with Missouri Black Maternal Health Week

Download the Black Maternal Health Week Toolkit being released on March 4th

Plan tours, talks or meetings with leaders in your region focused on advancing BMH everyday

Celebrate and attend the Black Mamas Matter Alliance #BMHW pep rally and kickoff event on April 11th in collaboration with the national launch of Black Doula Day led by Missouri BMH Pioneers and National Black Maternal Health Organizations

Attend Missouri's First Annual Black Maternal Health Summit in Columbia, Missouri April 16-17th led by state wide organizations and University of Missouri Columbia Black Studies Department