Louisville Black Maternal Health Week Discussion
The Naked Truth: Death by Delivery
Produced by Fusion
Screening FREE through Facebook: WATCH NOW
Panel discussion: April 11, 2 – 4 pm via Zoom webinar
About the Film:
“A devastating critique of our broken healthcare system and how it continues to endanger Black women’s lives.”—Aramide Tinubu, Essence
Black Mamas Matter Alliance created Black Maternal Health Week to bring attention to the health inequities faced by Black birthing people and to create awareness, start conversations, and to encourage community organizing. The Louisville Coalition for Black Maternal Health has been organizing local virtual events to raise awareness, to promote health equity, and to center the voices of our Black birthing community.
In the documentary The Naked Truth: Death by Delivery, journalist Nelufar Hedayat investigates the crisis in Black maternal care exploring the racial discrepancies that affect pre-natal, birth, and post-pregnancy care that have led to striking numbers of deaths and long-term health issues. Hadayeat also interviews many Black-organized programs that are providing culturally competent healing, support, and advocacy for their clients. 2017, 43 minutes. The video is available for screening prior to and after the discussion.
About the Panel:
The panel discussing the issues raised within the film will also address the local impact of the work of area organizations. This discussion will be moderated by Angela Hardison of the Louisville Black Maternal Health Coalition. Leading the discussion will be Shawnee Benton Gibson of the ARIAH Foundation and Spirit of a Woman Leadership Development Institute with Edward Miller MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist from U of L Health facilitating. Carmen Antonetty, a doula and member of the Southern Birth Justice Network; Tamara Etiennne, Labor Land Doula; and Meka Kpoh, Black Birth Justice Inc will participate in a follow-up Q&A session. The program will conclude up with a watercolor activity addressing the experiences around pregnancy and infant loss by Kristen Williams of Play Cousins Collective and Tamara Jones.
This annual program gathers community organizations to focus on the state of Black maternal health, optimizing health, self-advocacy, decolonizing medical practices, the fourth trimester, and public policy.
Co-presented with The Louisville Coalition for Black Maternal Health. Coalition members include healthcare providers, midwives, nurses, doulas, lactation specialists, mental health practitioners, public health advocates, and social justice organizers.
For more information on Louisville Black Maternal Health Week running from April 11-17, CLICK HERE.
About the Discussion Leaders:
Shawnee Benton Gibson, LMSW/FDLC is the CEO of Spirit of A Woman (S.O.W.) Leadership Development Institute, which is a boutique consulting firm whose mission is to educate, elevate and effect positive and sustainable transformation in the lives of individuals, groups, families and communities. She is also the Co-Founder of the The ARIAH Foundation which stands for the Advancement of Reproductive Innovation Through Artistry & Healing. ARIAH was created in 2019 in memory of Shawnee’s eldest daughter, Shamony Makeba Gibson, who passed away on October 6, 2019, due to complications associated with having a C-section. Ms. Benton-Gibson is a licensed psychotherapist, healer, author, spiritual leader and a reproductive justice advocate and activist. She is also a mother, community member and an unapologetically Black woman who has devoted her time, energy, resources and spirit to addressing the epidemic of maternal morbidity and mortality in communities of color.
Edward Miller, M.D., FACOG is a maternal-fetal medicine and high-risk obstetrician with UofL Physicians – OB/GYN & Women’s Health. Dr. Miller specializes in high-risk pregnancies that include heart conditions, diabetes during pregnancy, and multiples. He has done research around having twins, triplets and even quadruplets. Dr. Miller is involved in diversity and inclusion efforts for UofL Health, and he is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health with the University of Louisville School of Medicine.