LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
Join Us by Taking Action to Support the Perinatal Doula Reimbursement Bill in RI!
Black Maternal Mortality is on the RISE, Black Infant Mortality is on the RISE. WE need change, YESTERDAY! STAND WITH US, BESIDE US AND AMONG US AS WE FIGHT FOR EQUITABLE MATERNAL HEALTH CARE & PERINATAL SERVICES. Medical journal articles, peer-reviewed editorials, submissions, testimonials continue to support the empirical evidence of PERINATAL DOULA services. Not just in lives, well being, but in cost reduction, decrease unnecessary intervention, supported postpartum in-home care for overall better recovery. YET these services are not covered by insurances, not accessible to those of the low-income community, marginalized or low resourced, not an easily attainable diverse workforce for economic development due to intentional structural barriers of equity, inclusion, and diversity. EVERYONE DESERVES A DOULA AND EVERY DOULA DESERVES TO BE PAID.
We, the birth workers, healers, and community, have come far with great support from organizations like SISTA Fire, Umoja Nia Collective, The Womxn Project, RI ACNM Chapter, The Women's' Fund, legislators and representatives who are healthcare champions advocating for impactful, sustainable, systemic change.
ACT NOW vote to pass - House Bill 7587, the Doula Reimbursement Bill. Script and further information can be found here.
Our Journ3i recipient of the City of Providence Healthy Community Office Expanding Doula Access Grant
Our Journ3i along with fellow Umoja Nia Collective members, Sacredwombanhood and Ready, Set Latch Go were grant recipients. Alongside fellow birth worker, Hawthorne Grief Counseling, bereavement doula, Ada Johnson. We are thankful to have been selected, we continue to push forward towards accessible and equitable Perinatal Doula services and care.
Please look out for their programming options soon! Checks our CLASSES page for more information and updates.
SUPPORT RI Doula Reimbursement!
Senator Quezada and Representative Ranglin-Vassel have submitted their bills for the RI Doula Reimbursement Bill. This bill signifies an equitable, accessible opportunity for families, most impacted by inequities in maternal health birth outcomes. Join us in supporting this bill for both state (Medicaid) and employer-based (private) insurance.
Women's Health Council of RI 10th Annual Conference - Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Maternal Health Outcomes
The 10th Annual Women's Health Council Conference hosted by Lifespan.
THIS IS A FREE CONFERENCE
DINNER IS PROVIDED
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
We have a powerful program planned for our Fall 2019 Conference on issues of racial and ethnic disparities in Maternal Health Outcomes, November 14th, 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.. We are partnering with Quatia Q. Osorio, one of the first Black Doula’s for women of color in Rhode Island to highlight the impact and propose potential tools and solutions around this critical failure in the health care system. Let’s hear from those impacted and make a plan to make a difference now. More information can be found here: Womens Health Council Event
RootSkills Providence- Maternal Environmental Justice
We will be speaking at the New England Grassroots Fund Rootskills Providence on November 15, 2019- Register Early! Q. Osorio of Umoja Nia Collective will be a leading workshop:
"Maternal Environmental Justice"
In this workshop, we will cover maternal health and the interwoven impact of adverse environmental factors on preconceptive, pregnant and postpartum bodies. Including: maternal toxic stress and Black women weathering; racism's adverse impact on preconceptive bodies; environmental justice and cross section of maternal health; building systems for healing structure pre-and-postpartum More information can be found here: NEGEF Rootskills - PVD
National Perinatal Taskforce - Perinatal Safe Spot Designation
In spring 2019 received an invitation to the convening as a potential safe spot in the fall we received our designation.
A Perinatal Safe Spot is: A judgment-free zone that can be physical or virtual. Unique to individual communities, ZIP Codes, Maternal Toxic Areas – breaking through the real barriers to quality care. Giving mothers the real tools they need to have power and agency in their childbearing decisions
More information can be found here: National Perinatal Safe Spot
C.O.P.E - Commonsense Childbirth Institute
The 2nd training hosted by Our Journ3i with Commonsense Childbirth Institute. The is a tri-certification training for four days, for doula, childbirth and lactation educator certification. More information can be found here: Community Outreach Perinatal Educator
Our Annual Chocolate Milk Mixxer
The 3rd year of our annual meet and greet for families, communities and curious social media followers to join us to learn more about Chocolate Milk Cafe - RI on February 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. All are welcome!
Maternal Child Health 2019
We are excited that Jennie Joseph, LM will be here on February 9th for the Maternal Child Health Specialist training at Lifespan Health Institute. Jennie Joseph is a Licensed Midwife in Florida, who owns a birth center and most recently a (pending) MEAC accrediting school for Certifed Professional Midwives, and recently released her report on eliminating maternal health disparities within her community. She is well known for her with The JJ Way, a designed toolkit for perinatal health and the documentary, The American Dream.
If you have availability in your schedule to come please, join us. We look forward to having you in the training. Register at on eventbrite. Seating is limited.
Introducing the Umoja Nia Collective
The Umoja Nia Collective, a collective of independently owned and operated Doulas who provide complementary services and back up for each others' families. Please click on the link the learn more: Umoja Nia
Our Journ3i is a perinatal community-based wellness organization primarily focused on eliminating disparities of health and identifying social health determinants within infant and maternal health by providing empowering education and services. We seek to provide maternal health equity among communities of color, especially Black/African American families in Rhode Island. Our services include lactation support, education and counseling, birth and postpartum doulas services, childbirth education and parenting preparation.
Support Our Journ3i
Our Journ3i is a community designed, intended and led organization supported and funded to help support expecting and expanding families through empowerment, education and self sufficiency support.
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