Birth Justice Project

BNBJLogoBirth is a gateway, through which all the avenues of our lives flow. At the intersection of many systems of oppression, our community is suffering from devastating birth outcomes.

BirthNet’s Birth Justice Project will work to address the huge disparities in birth outcomes in Albany and the Capital Region of NY.

Our Brainstorming for Birth Justice event on Saturday, March 11, 2017 planted the seeds of a grassroots coalition to build better avenues (notes available).

We seek to bring together all stakeholders who are ready to mobilize on behalf of families, the building blocks of our society.  We are meeting bi-monthly to continue the discussion and have developed committees to begin this vital work.  To keep up with news and events, checkout the BirthNet Facebook page.

Throughout this effort, we will continue to ask the hard questions, support one another as we undertake the true work of advocacy, and dig deep into our community to develop lasting solutions. We commit to holding the voices of the community in the center of this conversation and at the forefront of this movement. We recognize the need to address the many facets of this complex problem from all angles.

We know there is no time left to wait.  Here are some of the outcomes we are concerned about.  For the full overview, check out BirthNet’s Birth Disparities Fact Sheet:

  • NYS Infant Mortality Rate: 4.3 per 1,000
  • White Infant Mortality Rate (NYS): 2.6 per 1,000
  • Black Infant Mortality Rate (NYS): 7.3 per 1,000
  • Albany County Infant Mortality Rate: 8.5 per 1,000
  • White Infant Mortality Rate (Albany County): 4.7 per 1,000
  • Black Infant Mortality Rate (Albany County): 23.2 per 1,000
  • 12202 Infant Mortality Rate: 16.7 per 1,000
  • 12207 Infant Mortality Rate: 25 per 1,000

This House is on Fire! This needs to change!

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