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In Support of Midwives, Others & Mothers Alliance (MOMA)

The National Perinatal Task Force (NPTF) supports the efforts of Midwives, Others, and Mothers Alliance (MOMA), Against Police Violence. MOMA was created in response to the June 18th murder of Charleena Lyles, a 30 year old pregnant Black mother of four children.

Below is more information from founder of MOMA, Shafia Monroe:

“As a Black woman and a midwife, hearing about the murder of Charleena Lyles, cut through my soul. I was forced to act, thus the birth of MOMA. As midwives and birth workers and mothers, I believe that we should lead this cause, because we are the protectors of the pregnant women. This is our charge. I am grateful to the response, from midwives, others and mothers from as far as Canada. It is an unholy act and an abomination to kill a pregnant woman. We would never kill a pregnant animal, is not the life of a pregnant Black woman and her unborn as sacred as an animal, of course it is, and more.

MOMA’s first step is to have a press conference on the murder of Charleena Lyles, in the first week of July. At the press conference MOMA will highlight the disproportionate number of Black pregnant and women of color who are killed, give our position on the impact of a family and community when, a pregnant woman is killed by police officers. We want special training for police officers when responding to the calls regarding pregnant women/people. MOMA wants it to be illegal for police officers to kill pregnant and postpartum women/people. Donations are needed to cover the cost of organizing the press conference.”

Click this link to donate to the MOMA Against Police Violence Press Conference.

You can find additional information here.

Why I March – March for Moms

march“Why I march -because enough is enough! How many more mothers? How many more babies? Join us! Make your voice heard – Mother’s Day 2017, DC”  ~Jennie Joseph

March for Moms

Why?

  • The climbing rate of U.S. Mothers dying in childbirth due to pregnancy related causes is unacceptable.
  • The preventable deaths that occur yearly as a result of racial and ethnic health disparities, is unacceptable.
  • The high rates of prematurity in the U.S. is unacceptable.
  • The U.S not mandating paid leave for mothers of newborns, is unacceptable.

We must continue to ask ‘WHY?’.  We must also, move forward to bring about  change.

Jennie Joseph asks if you will join her and March for Moms in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, May 14, 2017?

Learn more about March for Moms here.

“Congress just slapped American moms across the face. You don’t mess with American moms and get away with it.” ~Neel Shah

Perinatal Safe Spot Spotlight!

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The National Perinatal Task Force would like to congratulate the
BirthWell Partners Community Doula Project
for being an outstanding representation of a Perinatal Safe Spot!
BirthWell Partners (BWP) is located in Birmingham, Alabama, servicing Jefferson County, providing free doula services for low-resource families, 92% of whom are covered by Medicaid for their pregnancy and birth. When comparing the birth outcomes & breastfeeding data of Jefferson County Medicaid births and BWP births, there was a significant difference. BWP clients had lower rates of C-section, Epidural, Preterm Births and low birth weights. BWP clients were also over 10 times more likely to breastfeed their babies!
This Perinatal Safe Spot also trains doulas, providing 8-10 need based training scholarships a year, increasing the diversity of doulas
servicing their community. 
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The aim of the National Perinatal Task Force is that all
Perinatal Safe Spot’s (PSS’s) support a Materno-toxic area. 
How are things going in your community?
Please let us know what you have been up to. 
You can email an update to perinataltaskforce@gmail.com.

DATE CHANGE -The Better Birth 360 World Summit

We recently shared with you that Jennie Joseph has been invited to be apart of the Better Birth 360 World Summit. CORRECTION to Jennie’s interview date. It will now be aired on Friday March 3, 2017.  To guarantee that you don’t miss it, sign up  TODAY!

Jennie is joined by a diverse group of over 30+ leading experts who share their insights on how to promote a natural, more comfortable, and positive birth experience. Sign up TODAY to take advantage of the FREE interviews.

http://www.betterbirth360.com/jenniejoseph

Please don’t delay because these insightful interviews will be available at no cost to you until March 23, 2017

List of topics that will be discuss at the Summit:

  • How to turn labor into an empowering and pleasurable birth experience
  • How to promote an easier birth with fetal positioning
  • How to turn the fear of labor into a calm, comfortable, and intimate birth experience
  • How to prevent and help your client’s overcome birth traumas
  • Intuition, Boundaries, Protection, and Healing for Birth-Workers
  • How to recover faster and have less pain after birth
  • Essential oils for pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period
  • Non-pharmacological approaches for pain during childbirth
  • How to promote an easier labor and enhance mother-baby bonding with craniosacral therapy
  • How to achieve a positive birth in any circumstance with hypnotherapy
  • How to help your client’s prepare for a conscious conception, pregnancy and birth experience
  • How to bring humans into the world and care for the mother-baby bond so that everyone benefits including the father, children develop fully, and families thrive
  • How to promote a natural, calm, comfortable, and intuitive birthing experience
  • Emotional and physical comfort measures for childbirth
  • How to promote a natural, easier, and positive birth experience using rebozo
  • Navigating the ‘FEAR BASED’ industry of childbirth in the USA
  • Effective ways to lower disrespect and abuse in childbirth
  • Human rights in childbirth
  • Informed consent, birth options, home birth as a choice, and breech and twin skills
  • How to encourage closer partner involvement during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period in order to promote better birth outcomes and lower rates of PTSD and postpartum depression
  • How to work collaboratively with medical staff in a hospital setting to promote a safe, natural, and positive birth experience for your clients
  • And so much more…

If any of these topics resonate with you, we urge you to listen in.

Click on the link below to access The Better Birth 360 World Summit!

http://www.betterbirth360.com/jenniejoseph

Full Access Pass to the Better Birth 360 World Summit

If you would like to watch a diverse and important work of over 30+ leading experts share their insights on how to promote a natural, more comfortable, and positive birth experience, then beginning February 22, 2017you’ll want sign into –
Our own, Jennie Joseph has been invited to be apart of the Better Birth 360 World Summit. Jennie’s interview will air March 14, 2017.
Sign up TODAY to take advantage of the FREE interviews.
Please don’t delay because these insightful interviews will be available at no cost to you until March 23, 2017
After March 23, 2017, the entire collection of Better Birth 360 Interviews will be available for purchase.
Here is the Amazing team of Better Birth 360 World Summit experts
You will see and delight in:
  1. Debra Pascali Bonaro – Creator of Pain to Power Online Childbirth Classes and “Orgasmic Birth” documentary
  2. Gail Tully – Founder of Spinning Babies
  3. Anna Verwaal – International Speaker, Maternal-Child Health Nurse, Birth Consultant, Midwifery and Doula Instructor, Primal Period Educator, UCLA Certified Lactation Educator, and Birth Photographer
  4. Suzanne Arms – Outspoken Visionary, Multi-Book Author, Photojournalist, Inspired Teacher, and Public Speaker
  5. Giuditta Tornetta – International Speaker, Clinical Hypnotherpist, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Multi-Book Author, Doula, and Lactation Educator
  6. Jan Tritten – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Midwifery Today
  7. Naoli Vinaver – Internationally Known Rebozo Instructor and CPM
  8. Isa Herrera – Women’s Health Physical Therapist and Expert in Integrative Pelvic Floor Therapies
  9. Jennie Joseph – Midwife, Women’s Health Advocate, and Founder of the Maternal Child Healthcare System called The JJ Way®
  10. Dr. Stuart Fischbein – OBGYN specializing in VBAC, Breech, and Twin Vaginal Births
  11. Dr. Michael Klein – Family Doctor, Pediatrician, Neonatologist, Maternity Care Researcher, and Educator
  12. Lesley Page – President of The Royal College of Midwives, International Public Speaker, Advocate and Activist for Midwives, Mothers, and Babies
  13. Stephanie Fritz – Licensed Midwife, Essential Oil Educator, Public Speaker, Multi-Book Author, Therapeutic Gemstone Practioner, and AromaTouch Technique Instructor
  14. Kimberly Ann Johnson – Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution Practitioner, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Doula, and Author of the upcoming book The Fourth Trimester
  15. Dr. April Bolding – Women’s Health Physical Therapist, Author, Doula
  16. Ana Paula Markel – Founder of Bini Birth, Birth Doula, ICEA Childbirth Educator, and DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainer
  17. Nancy Wainer – Homebirth Midwife and Author of Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean
  18. Julie Bonapace – International Speaker, Research, Author of Trusting Birth, and Founder and Trainer in the Bonapace Method
  19. Barbara Harper – Founder/Director of Waterbirth International, Midwife, International Childbirth Educator, Doula Trainer, Author of Gentle Birth Choices Book and Video.
  20. Kim Vopni – Certified Fitness Professional, Doula, and Author of 2 Books called Prepare to Push and Your Pelvic Floor
  21. Carol Gray – Licensed Massage Therapist, Cranial Sacral Therapist, and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Supporting Expectant and New Families Promoting Gentle Aware Births
  22. Katharine Graves – Internationally known Hypnobirthing Teacher and Founder of KG Hypnobirthing
  23. Dr. Fernando Molina – Family Physician, Male Homebirth Midwife, Maternity Care Researcher, and Prenatal Educator
  24. Dr. Rachel Reed – Registered Midwife, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Writer, Presenter, and Author of the MidwifeThinking Blog
  25. Dr. Gladys McGarey – Family Practice Doctor and Pioneer in Natural Birthing with over 60 Years Experience, Multi-Book Author, and Founder of The Loving Birth Taskforce
  26. Dr. April Bolding – Women’s Health Physical Therapist, Author, Doula
  27. Dr. Eden Fromberg – Osteopathic Physician, OBGYN, Clinical Professor, Expert in Holistic and Integrative Therapies for Female Pain, Pelvic Floor, and Sexual Dysfunction
  28. Mary Goyer – Holistic Fertility, Pregnancy, and Birth Specialist Supporting Couples Who Want to Be Parents
  29. Carol Gautschi – Gentle-Birth Activist & Educator, International Speaker, Midwife with over 39 Years Experience, Vice President of the Global Midwifery Council in Geneva, Switzerland
  30.  Elizabeth Davis – CPM, Reproductive Healthcare Specialist, International Speaker and Consultant, Co-Director of National Midwifery Institute, Inc., and Author of six books including Orgasmic Birth and the classic Heart and Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, now in its 5th edition
  31.  Yeshi Neumann – Certified Nurse Midwife, Masters in History and Public Health, International Speaker, and Voted “Best Way to Have a Baby” by San Francisco Magazine
  32. Nicola Goodall – International Speaker, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Dip Ed in Antenatal Education with Luton Univeristy and the National Childbirth Trust, and Educator
  33. Marion Toepke McLean – CNM, Family Nurse Practitioner, BA in International Studies at the Univeristy of Oregon, with concentrated studies on Mexico, and regular contributing editor in Midwifery Today Magazine
List of topics that will be discuss at the Summit:
  • How to turn labor into an empowering and pleasurable birth experience
  • How to promote an easier birth with fetal positioning
  • How to turn the fear of labor into a calm, comfortable, and intimate birth experience
  • How to prevent and help your client’s overcome birth traumas
  • Intuition, Boundaries, Protection, and Healing for Birth-Workers
  • How to recover faster and have less pain after birth
  • Essential oils for pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period
  • Non-pharmacological approaches for pain during childbirth
  • How to promote an easier labor and enhance mother-baby bonding with craniosacral therapy
  • How to achieve a positive birth in any circumstance with hypnotherapy
  • How to help your client’s prepare for a conscious conception, pregnancy and birth experience
  • How to bring humans into the world and care for the mother-baby bond so that everyone benefits including the father, children develop fully, and families thrive
  • How to promote a natural, calm, comfortable, and intuitive birthing experience
  • Emotional and physical comfort measures for childbirth
  • How to promote a natural, easier, and positive birth experience using rebozo
  • Navigating the ‘FEAR BASED’ industry of childbirth in the USA
  • Effective ways to lower disrespect and abuse in childbirth
  • Human rights in childbirth
  • Informed consent, birth options, home birth as a choice, and breech and twin skills
  • How to encourage closer partner involvement during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period in order to promote better birth outcomes and lower rates of PTSD and postpartum depression
  • How to work collaboratively with medical staff in a hospital setting to promote a safe, natural, and positive birth experience for your clients
  • And so much more…
If any of these topics resonate with you, we urge you to listen in.
Click on the link below to access The Better Birth 360 World Summit!

Giving Voice to Mothers

Let Your Voice Be Heard – Share Your Story

If you have been pregnant in the USA in the past five years and are a person of color; or if you have had a home birth no matter your race or ethnicity, and would be willing to share your story – please consider completing this survey. Make your voice heard, we want to know how you feel about your experience of maternity care in America. Listening to mothers!

Access the survey at: www.voicesofmothers.org

Researchers from the University of British Columbia invite you to participate in this anonymous survey about experiences with care during pregnancy among families that have not yet been heard. The survey will take about 40-45 minutes to complete, and all of your answers will be kept confidential. If you need to, you can save your answers and complete the survey in more than one session.

Please share, help us capture the missing stories.

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PRESS RELEASE – November is Prematurity Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 National Perinatal Task Force Hosts Annual Event to Raise Awareness About Prematurity and Infant Mortality in the USA

  November 1, 2016 – Orlando, Florida: Midwife and executive director of Commonsense Childbirth Inc., Jennie Joseph, is inspiring her patients, the Orlando community and people across the nation to support the annual “Heads Up on Infant Prematurity” campaign during the November Prematurity Awareness Month. By knitting or crocheting hats for newborn or premature infants which will be delivered to local Neonatal Intensive Care Units or hospital nurseries on Monday January 16, 2017 , Martin Luther King Day, National Day of Service, everyone can play a part.

Joseph founded the grassroots National Perinatal Task Force in the fall of 2014 as a means to draw attention to the number of American babies born before their 37th completed week of gestation. There is a need to educate the public on this issue as the numbers leave the US ranking poorly amongst other developed nations when it comes to premature births and subsequent infant deaths. According to the March of Dimes (www.marchofdimes.org) in 2015, the prematurity rate for Caucasians was 9.1%, 9.3% for Hispanics, 10.4% for Native Americans and 13.4% for African Americans, which underlines the continued racial disparities in outcomes for people of color. Around 500,000 babies are born too soon in the USA every year despite the high level of medical expenditures for maternity care, and leaving the annual costs in the billions for managing the repercussions of prematurity on infants that do survive.

The National Perinatal Task Force (www.perinataltaskforce.com), aims to show support for families of preemies or those at greater risk for preterm birth, low-birth weight babies or infant loss by identifying access points to early and consistent prenatal care; offering support from perinatal community health workers, doulas, mentors and community-based healthcare providers; by providing resources both locally and nationally to ensure that families have postpartum and breastfeeding support, and that all babies THRIVE beyond their first birthday. The Task Force has developed ‘Perinatal Safe Spots’ manned by volunteers, in areas of particular concern for poor birth outcomes.

To find out more about how to join the Task Force, start a Perinatal Safe Spot in your area, or knit or crochet baby hats for the national campaign, please contact us through the website www.perinataltaskforce.com or email perinataltaskforce@gmail.com

Contact: Jennie Joseph

Email: perinataltaskforce@gmail.com

Web: www.perinataltaskforce.com

https://nationalperinataltaskforce.wordpress.com/heads-up-prematurity-campaign/

Heads Up!

Coming soon in November is, Prematurity Awareness Month, which aims to draw national attention to the number of American babies, born before their 37th completed week of gestation. There is a need to educate the public on this issue as the numbers, although slightly improved recently, still leave the US ranking poorly amongst other developed nations when it comes to premature births and subsequent infant deaths. According to the March of Dimes (www.marchofdimes.org) in 2015 the prematurity rate for Caucasians was 9.1%, 9.3% for Hispanics, 10.4% for Native Americans and 13.4% for African Americans, which underlines the continued racial disparities in outcomes for people of color. Around 500,000 babies are born too soon in the USA every year despite the high level of medical expenditures for maternity care, and leaving the annual costs in the billions for managing the repercussions of prematurity on infants that do survive.

Grassroots organization, the National Perinatal Task Force (www.perinataltaskforce.com), aims to show support for families of preemies or those at greater risk for preterm birth, low-birth weight babies or infant loss by identifying access points to early and consistent prenatal care, offering support from doulas, mentors and community-based providers and by providing resources both locally and nationally to ensure that families have postpartum and breastfeeding support, and that all babies THRIVE beyond their first birthday. The Task Force is developing ‘Perinatal Safe Spots’ manned by volunteers, in areas of particular concern for poor birth outcomes.

As part of their Prematurity Awareness campaign Task Force members are asking friends and family to join in by knitting or crocheting a hat for a newborn or premature infant to be delivered to local Neonatal Intensive Care Units or hospital nurseries across the country on January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King, National Day of Service.

To find out more about how to join the Task Force, start a Perinatal Safe Spot in your area or knit or crochet baby hats for the national campaign, please contact us through the website www.perinataltaskforce.com or www.commonsensechildbirth.org.

Now Available in Spanish – Giving Voice to Mothers Survey

The Spanish-language version of the Giving Voice to Mothers survey is now live! Participants who want to complete the survey in Spanish can use the same link as the English version, by selecting ‘Espanol’ in the upper left corner of the home page of the survey found here: www.voicesofmothers.org.

 

With the Spanish-language version now available, we want to get it out into the populations that are currently under-represented in the survey:

–        Spanish speakers (regardless of their intended place of birth)

–        People of color (regardless of their intended place of birth)

–        People who planned a home birth (regardless of race or ethnicity

Please share this survey and help give a voice to mothers.