Movie Description: Giving birth is a battleground for too many Black women and their babies. Going behind the statistics, “Birthing Justice” places Black women at the center of the fight to fix a broken system for all women in this country. It focuses on the progress being made by those on the frontline of this fight and highlights solutions that can be replicated in communities across the country. Aired: 04/10/23 Expires: 06/09/23 Rating: TV-MA
Discussion Board Questions:
How did the film challenge your previously held perceptions about Black mothers, reproductive health, or the medical industry?
What kinds of stereotypes or media representations have you seen about Black mothers before watching Birthing Justice?
How do you think those stereotypes and/or media representations have impacted the outcomes discussed in the film?
Were you surprised to learn that all Black mothers, including well-educated and financially secure ones, and even famous women, can experience racism in maternal health?
Why do you think there is unequal access to medical services? How might the history of the medical profession and systemic racism explain these inequities?
How do you think we can eliminate bias in our healthcare system?
What are ways that health care institutions can be held accountable in providing Black women and birthing people with respectful maternity care?
What do you think the impact of anti-abortion laws will be on people who are living in poverty? How do you think we should prepare medical professionals for these situations?
How might you support Black women and birthing people in accessing resources about midwives, doulas, and other providers who embrace holistic healthcare practices?
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