Monday, August 16, 2021

New Podcast Lifts Up Joyful Stories of Black Birthing Experiences

A new podcast by Kimberly Seals Allers seeks to debunk problematic narratives about Black childbirth. The California Health Care Foundation featured an interview with Allers here

To counter the negative stories, Seals Allers is hosting a new podcast, Birthright. With support from CHCF, the inaugural season of Birthright lifts up 10 joyful stories that more accurately represent the Black birthing experience. In one episode, Morine Cebert Gators, who learned that she was pregnant shortly after defending her doctoral dissertation, had to obtain prenatal care in a new city. Her determination to find a Black ob/gyn with whom she felt comfortable paid off during a pregnancy that had some complications and a birth experience that she felt was positive and empowering.

Kimberly Seals Allers has created Irth an app that stands for Birth without the "B" for bias. It is described as:

The only app where you can find prenatal, birthing, postpartum and pediatric reviews of care from other Black and brown women. The #1 “Yelp-like” platform for the pregnancy and new motherhood journey, made by and for people of color. Search doctor and hospital reviews from your community! Leave a review today to help inform and protect others!

These are exciting and responsive new resources that I will be sharing with advocates and allies in my community.

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