ABCD hosts Black Maternal Health Week screening of Birthing Justice — April 17

ABCD Health Services hosts a free community screening of the award-winning film Birthing Justice during Black Maternal Health Week, followed by a panel discussion by top maternal health practitioners and advocates – with the goal of engaging, empowering and equipping women and those who care for them to advocate for better Black maternal health outcomes. This event seeks to inform residents in Boston communities (according to a 2023 report by the Boston Public Health Commission) with the highest rates of infant mortality (Hyde Park), low birth weights and preterm births (Mattapan and Dorchester) about systemic issues and racial biases that adversely affect Black maternal outcomes, and to give voice to Black women who, studies show, are often dismissed or ignored in hospitals and other health care settings, even as they suffer from severe injuries and pregnancy complications and ask for help. Birthing Justice examines the structures and systems that determine the mortality of Black women and their babies, and elevates the experiences of Black women and their advocates.