Birthing Justice

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies Tacoma
6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 22, 2024 PST
Location: Tacoma - CSL (click for map)

Join us in person OR online for BIRTHING JUSTICE, the eye-opening documentary that flips the victim-blaming narrative, centering on the lived experiences of Black women and their advocates as they fix a broken system and transform the future, one birth at a time. Register HERE 

The Film: If the health of a society can be measured by its maternal and infant mortality rates, the United States is ailing. We are the only industrialized nation in the world where maternal mortality is rising, and 60% of those deaths are preventable. Access to quality healthcare, underlying chronic conditions, systematic racism, bias, and the effects of toxic stress are all factors contributing to disparities in pregnancy-related deaths, maternal health complications, and infant mortality. BIRTHING JUSTICE, a feature-length documentary film, centers on the expertise and lived experiences of Black women and their advocates. As cameras follow women through pregnancy, delivery and the postpartum period, medical and social justice experts expose the challenges they face—including genetic predispositions, chronic stress, racial bias, culturally ignorant care, and barriers to adequate healthcare. These inequitable structures and systems have resulted in a racial disparity in maternal and infant health.

Now there’s a movement to fix the broken system, change the culture, and transform our future. BIRTHING JUSTICE turns the spotlight on the progress being made by health initiatives and best practices. With input from advocates and leaders in the birthing justice movement, the film focuses on what is being done to address this national crisis and offers solutions that can be replicated in communities across the country.

The Speakers: Dawn Wadleigh of Firstlight Midwifery Care

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Cost: Screenings are free yet we gratefully accept donations to cover the costs of our venues, film licensing, and speaker honorariums. Help keep meaningful conversations happening – thank you for your generosity!

Special Guests: Dawn Wadleigh of Firstlight Midwifery Care

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Release Year: 2023

Running Time: 96 minutes

Director: Monique N. Matthews

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