Black History Month, established by the “Father of Black History,” Dr. Carter G. Woodson, is a time dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions of Black individuals throughout American history. It is also a time for us to honor the generations of work and sacrifices fighting for freedom and equity and incorporate that into our work today, especially within the field of maternal and child health (MCH).
As leaders in MCH, we are working to advance systemic, political, and individual changes that move racial equity forward. AMCHP has made a formal commitment to anti-racism and racial equity, which acknowledges that racism is a public health crisis and lays out our plan to critically analyze and change our organizational systems. We aim to operationalize this commitment through our partnerships, advocacy efforts, communications, and events with the goal of advancing racial equity. Preceding these actions, we must continually challenge ourselves to learn, unlearn, and ground our work in the knowledge of the past.
As a part of AMCHP’s Black History Month & Beyond, we have compiled resources consisting of books, articles, films, podcasts, and more related to Black History impacting MCH from our Staff. We ask that you help us celebrate Black history beyond the month of February by contributing items you would like to see shared throughout the year in the form below.
- Black History Month: The Importance of Black Midwives, Then, Now and Tomorrow
- The Birth Center’s Reflecting on Black History Month
- The Mothers of Black History Month
- Learning the African History of Caesarean Sections Will Help Us Better Challenge Stigma
- 17 African American Public Health Heroes You Need To Know
- HHS Black History Month- Maternal/Child Health
- Celebrate Black History Month 2022: Through the Lens of Black Health & Wellness
- 2022 Black History Month Theme Summary
- 2023 Black History Month Theme
- The Harlem Renaissance in Black Queer History
- Profiles in Perseverance: You may not know their names. But these courageous Black Americans changed history.
- 31 Little-Known Black History Facts You May Not Have Learned in School
- 15 Lesser-Known Black History Facts
- Reproductive Justice: An Introduction by Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Undivided Rights by Jael Silliman, Loretta Ross, Marlene Gerber Fried, Elena Gutiérrez
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- AMCHP Essential Reading for Black History Month and Beyond: The 2022 Edition
- MCH Bridges: Episode #3 Parts 1 + 2: Redesigning Birth Work For The Future with the InTune Mother Society
- Natal Stories
- Sisters in Loss
- Academic Works
- & Beyond
- A Journey to Birth Justice: A Panel Discussion with the Filmmakers of Aftershock
- IRTH App: The #1 “Yelp-like” platform for the pregnancy and new motherhood journey, made by and for people of color.
- MAGIC, MIRTH, AND MORTALITY: Musings On Black Motherhood
- Black Mamas Matter Alliance
- Ancient Song Doula Services