Training: Black Maternal Health in St. Louis: Thriving Solutions That Work – July 12

Training: Black Maternal Health in St. Louis: Thriving Solutions That Work

Date: Friday July 12, 2019
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Generate Health
1300 Hampton Ave Suite 111
St. Louis, MO 63139

***There is a limit of 2 participants per organization and/or department!

Any comments or questions, please contact Aver Yakubu at

Please note: lunch not provided

Event Trainer, Tru’s Bio:

Brittany “Tru” Kellman is a mother of 3 boys, wife, activist, birth doula, Midwife, author, visionary, peer counselor, and is Founder and Executive Director of the Jamaa Birth Village in Ferguson, MO. Tru is a St. Louis native that cares deeply for the maternal-infant health care crisis that impacts our nation and our area. As a young teen mom, Tru has experienced the disgraceful side of U.S. maternity care. After 2 unnecessary cesarean sections and debilitating postpartum depression, Tru took her health care into her own hands when she became pregnant with her third son. She discovered traditional midwifery care and found a local Certified Professional Midwife to help her deliver her third son at home. She researched and found that her journey was similar for many women of color across the country. Tru felt her calling and dug deeper into traditional midwifery care after her successful and healing home birth. She began by working with traditional midwives in Ghana in 2013. During her time there, she had a vision for what her own community needed in order to help improve the lives of families of color, and of those that are underserved. In 2015, she launched her community campaign to improve birth, maternal and infant care, and the overall wellness of families in and around St. Louis by launching her non-profit that is today the Jamaa Birth Village. Tru has become Missouri’s first black Certified Professional Midwife in 2019 in order to serve families in the provider role and has been featured in numerous national and international publications over the years. Tru is also the recipient of the prestigious Corinne Walentik Leadership in Health Award in 2018 through Missouri Foundation for Health.

Training Objectives:

  1. To better implement solutions for Black Maternal Health, attendees will walk through a timeline to fully understand the United States Maternal Health system and their role in it. At the end of the session, attendees will be able to understand how the United States Maternal Health System is setup, delivered to black mothers and how their role as change agents and providers.
  2. Attendees will walk through a cultural and evidence-based facts on the roots of Maternal Health for Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). At the end of the session attendees will have be able to site cultural contexts of normal, safe and respectable maternal care for BIPOC, understand the significance and importance of culturally based care and site historical markers where we began to fail BIPOC in maternal health.
  3. At the end of this session, attendees will understand systemic policy and procedures geared towards the harm of black mothers and learn how to re-write and present policies and procedures that protect black mothers.
  4. At the end of this session attendees will understand the dynamics of creating “warm”, safe comforting spaces while including representation in the interior design that honors the clients being served.
  5. Lunch will provide attendees time to nourish themselves, mingle and take a mental-emotional break from training.
  6. At the end of this session attendees will understand what inclusivity is vs. diversity, how to apply inclusivity, understand what bias is, what their personal biases are and how to unlearn their biases.
  7. At the end of this session attendees will understand how to integrate informed choice vs. informed consent, Mental, Emotional & Empathetic/Compassionate (Come-Passion) care into their medical perinatal practice.
  8. At the end of this session attendees will understand the research proven dangers of over-intervention as prevention and how to practice within the accurate risk range for mothers.
  9. At the end of this session, clients will be able to identify the different objectives learned for the day by creating a wheel of personal and group (clinic, hospital, practice) action in implementing thriving solutions for black maternal health in St. Louis.
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