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The Art of Birthing is a series of events of artistic expression celebrating birth. With productions of visual, creative, spoken word and performing arts our aim will be two -fold: 1) To engage the community in discussions about infant and maternal mortality, perinatal disparities and solutions to improving birth outcomes and 2) To raise money to support our free community events, doula training scholarships and our soon to be launched, Birth Story Project.


Most people are unaware that we have a childbirth crisis in our community. The United States is the only developed nation with a growing maternal mortality rate. Nearly one third of women give birth via major abdominal surgery. More than thirty percent of women report experiencing trauma while giving birth or report experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression. Too many of our babies don’t get to celebrate their first birthday, and unfortunately the black community experiences these poor outcomes in disproportionate numbers. The answers to many of these issues, and to eliminating perinatal disparities, lie within our community. The Art of Birthing began as a way to engage the community in conversations about infant mortality. We have grown our efforts and now we use this as a time to engage the community in conversations about all things pregnancy including birth options, perinatal disparities, birth advocacy and most
importantly solutions.


Sista Midwife Productions (SMP) is dedicated to helping individuals and communities create a paradigm shift around the experience of giving birth. As a black woman owned company we are dedicated to eliminating perinatal disparities and increasing the numbers of black birth advocates. We help families understand their rights and work to bring transparency and accountability to the medical obstetrical system. We provide education and training through webinars, keynotes, live workshops and events. We work with birth workers and advocates, families and communities and partner with like-minded agencies to provide community and
staff workshops in the areas of preconception care, pregnancy and birth, perinatal disparities, breastfeeding, postpartum care and women’s empowerment.

The Art of Birthing 2016 and 2017

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