Research reports Black patients have better health outcomes when they receive care from Black providers. This is especially true for Black birth workers, and the positive effects they have on both birth and postpartum outcomes.
Despite the benefits of Black birth workers to reduce disparities and create equitable birthing experiences, doulas are often underutilized and overlooked.
Although the number of Black doulas has increased significantly in Central Arkansas, we still have no Black Certified Professional Midwives (CPM). Thanks to generous donations, Ujima Maternity Network, Inc. is currently supporting three Black birth workers to become the first Black midwives in the state. These birth workers are known as apprentice midwives under the supervision of a CPM.
Starting in February 2021, UMN, Inc. will host Maternal Care Community Outreaches on a monthly basis. These clinics will be open to women who wish to receive maternity care, some well women care and newborn check-ups (up to 6 weeks of age). These clinics will be overseen by CPMs.
The clinics are a vital stepping stone in assisting these apprentice midwives to gain the skills and knowledge required for licensure.
Registration is open to women regardless of their current pregnancy and newborn care. Complete the form to schedule your free clinic appointment.