On the weekend of September 23rd-24th, Ancient Song Doula Services (ASDS) will be holding its 2nd annual Decolonizing Birth Conference on "Addressing Systematic Trauma & Oppression Through a Collaborative Care Framework". We will be opening a dialogue to discuss the effects of systematic oppression on reproductive health choices and access.
As a precursor to the birth conference, there will be a community town hall meeting on September 20th at Weeksville Heritage Center from 6- 9 pm. The meeting will addresses black infant and maternal mortality rates in NYC.
During the 1st conference, birth justice workers, advocates and activists from around the country came together at the ASDS mansion. We shared our work, visions, challenges and victories with one another, and created a common definition of birth justice. National Advocates for Pregnant Women and ASDS sponsored and hosted the encuentro, with the intention of solidifying and strengthening the movement for Birth Justice.