Ujima Maternity Network is the Arkansas community where women of color can be heard, valued, understood, and empowered during pregnancy, labor and the parenting journey.
Women of color (namely Black women) are currently experiencing a maternal health crisis. Statistically, Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die during childbirth or within the first year of their child's life. This is also true for Black babies within the first year of their lives.
Ujima (oo-jee-muh) is a Kwanzaa principle that we have adopted to address this specific crisis. Ujima means collective work and responsibility. Its goal is to build and maintain our community together while making our brother's and sister's problems our problems and solving them together. Together we will help to resolve this unnecessary crisis. Currently, Arkansas ranks 4th highest in Black Maternal Mortality which is a public health issue.
We can make a change!