PRESS RELEASE – AUSTIN MOTHERS CALL INTO QUESTION THE CITY’S REPUTATION AS FAMILY-FRIENDLY.

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Paula X. Rojas, Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, paulax@mamabaila.com(512) 563-3113

Alejandro Caceres, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, alejandro@austinirc.org512-703-7059

Priscilla Hale, allgo, priscilla@allgo.org512-751-5281

AUSTIN MOTHERS CALL INTO QUESTION THE

CITY’S REPUTATION AS FAMILY-FRIENDLY.

They Urge City Leaders to Enact Recommendations

That Will Support Families of Color to Thrive in Austin.

Austin, TX. May 7, 2015: City council will vote on a resolution today at 6:30pm to decide if the city of Austin will implement an Equity Assessment Tool to address racial inequities in the city. Mothers and families will testify during the public hearing.

Leading up to the national Mother’s Day holiday, members of Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman released a report today, Austin – A “Family-Friendly” City: Perspectives and Solutions from Mothers in the City. The group looked at key indicators that affect the health and well-being of families and evaluated the lived experience for low-income families of color in Austin. The report data provide significant insights on the impact of race and class on the quality of Austin families’ survival. “All inequities in Austin impact the health of mothers and their babies,” said Kellee Coleman, Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman Program Coordinator. “This Mother’s Day, we want more than flowers and cards -we want the city of Austin to take action to support the health and wellness of ALL our mothers and babies, and ALL our families.”

Austin – A “Family-Friendly” City offers concrete recommendations to move Austin towards becoming a model city in equitable development:

1) Develop and implement an equity assessment tool, in collaboration with community organizations by and for those directly impacted, to guide all policy-making endeavors of the city; and

2) support demonstration projects that directly address health inequities affecting pregnant women individually and collectively in Austin.

The proposal for a city-wide equity tool is a collaborative initiative among Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, allgo – a statewide queer people of color organization, and Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC). “Austin city government should play a proactive role in advancing equity in all aspects of city policies. This type of equity assessment tool is critical in helping the city change the underlying inequalities that exist here. Successful examples are already in place in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon,” said Priscilla Hale, Director of allgo and lifelong Austin resident. Austin Mayor, Steve Adler agreed, adding, “Persistent health disparities are not solved through healthcare improvements alone. Those of us who are now in city government did not initiate these disparities – they have existed for a very long time – nor did we consciously choose to exacerbate them.  Some of us may have directly fought against them. But regardless of intent, the effects of systemic inequalities are here and we must address them head-on now.”

Of particular concern to Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman is the issue of maternal and infant health. Statistics show that Black women in Austin and Travis County have dangerously poor maternal health outcomes and that both Black and Latina women in Austin receive late prenatal care or none at all at rates two and three times that of White women. Even more striking is that Black and Latino infants are far more likely to die within the first year of life than are White infants. This gap is wider in Austin/Travis County than it is in the state of Texas and in the US overall. As Paula X Rojas, community organizer and Midwife with Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, explained, “Austin is known for having an abundance of birth support options and services for childbearing women, but they’re not available to all of our city’s women – especially those women who need them most.”

In response, Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman has developed an innovative pregnancy clinic model that combines health care services with community organizing and uses a culturally congruent model that directly addresses these racial and economic inequities. “The Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman project can effectively increase access to the midwifery model care for working class families, especially families of color, in a culturally appropriate and sustainable way,” according to local midwife Christy Tashjian, CPM, LM, WHNP.

Dell Medical School’s inaugural chair of Women’s Health, Amy Young, offered her support: “Women in Travis County – no matter where they live, where they’re from or what they earn – deserve great health care. That goal is something we all share, and strategies like the two recommendations from the Austin- a “Family-Friendly” City report show it’s achievable. The Dell Medical School shares the goal of making Austin a model healthy city. That simply isn’t possible when some neighborhoods in Austin aren’t as healthy as others.”

Amnesty International USA’s Managing Director of Research, Rachel Ward, commended the report, as a “timely and much needed effort to address the human rights crisis in maternity health care in Austin, Texas.”  In addition, the report has received endorsements from national groups MomsRising, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and the National Perinatal Taskforce.

Implementation of these recommendations can create real change, according to Alejandro Caceres, Executive Director of AIRC.  “Austin has the opportunity to become a model city leading the way in equitable development. Growth does not have to equal race- and class-based displacement in the city, and we can ensure that our community values are made real for all residents.”

View this morning’s news conference here: http://austintx.swagit.com/play/05072015-916

Link to full report:https://mamasanaclinic.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/mamasana-book-final.pdf

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman is a women’s health project of Mamas of Color Rising, a volunteer social justice community organization focused on issues affecting poor and working class mothers of color in Austin founded in 2008. The Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC) promotes human rights and dignity, and social and economic justice for immigrants through community organizing, policy advocacy, and public education. allgo envisions a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities.

PRESS ADVISORY: AUSTIN MOTHERS CALL INTO QUESTION THE CITY’S REPUTATION AS FAMILY-FRIENDLY.

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MEDIA ADVISORY — UPDATED
For Immediate Release

Paula X. Rojas, Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman
paulax@mamabaila.com, (512) 563-3113

Alejandro Caceres, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition
alejandro@austinirc.org, 512-703-7059

Priscilla Hale, allgo
priscilla@allgo.org, 512-751-5281

AUSTIN MOTHERS CALL INTO QUESTION THE
CITY’S REPUTATION AS FAMILY-FRIENDLY.

They Urge City Leaders to Enact Recommendations That Will Support Families of Color to Thrive in Austin.
WHAT: Press Conference by community organizations with recommendations for city government to address current racial, socio-economic, and health inequities in the city of Austin. Conveners include Austin Immigrants Rights Coalition (AIRC), allgo – a statewide queer people of color organization, and Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman (MS/VW), which will launch the first in a series of reports on these issues.

WHEN: Thursday May 7th 9 – 10 am.

WHERE: Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, 78701. (Paid parking is available in City Hall’s basement garage.)

WHY: Leading up to this Mother’s Day, members of MS/VW and their partner organizations will release the first in a series of reports, “Austin – A ‘Family-Friendly’ City: Perspectives and Solutions from Mothers in the City,” which calls into question Austin’s reputation as “family-friendly.”

WHO: MS/VW, AIRC, and allgo are community-based organizations representing those groups directly impacted by the growing inequities in our city fueled by Austin’s explosive growth. A recent study from the Martin Prosperity Institute determined that Austin is the most economically segregated city in the country.
Speakers at the press conference will include members of community organizations, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, City Council member for District 2 Delia Garza, Dell Medical School’s inaugural chair of Women’s Health, Amy Young, and others.

Also on Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 pm, the Austin City Council will have a public hearing to discuss whether city government should implement an equity assessment tool, as recommended in the report. Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, and allgo are inviting community members to come and testify.

Link to full report: https://mamasanaclinic.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/mamasana-book-final.pdf

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman Clinic Releases New Report Examining Racial Inequities In Austin, Texas!

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Austin is recognized as a “family-friendly” city but is this true for all of its residents? Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, a women’s health project of Mamas of Color Rising*, presents community-based participatory research that calls into question Austin’s reputation as a family-friendly city for the majority of its residents. The research looks at key indicators that affect the health and well-being of families and evaluates the lived experience for low-income women of color and their families in Austin. The methods include focus groups and surveys as well as individual and group interviews. Taken together, the primary and secondary data provide key insights that show that race and class impact how well families thrive and even survive in Austin.

This report offers concrete recommendations to city government and to the community at large in order to move Austin towards becoming a model city in equitable development.

Check out Full Report Here.


Here are some other important opportunities to come out and show support:

PRESS CONFERENCE – Thursday May 7th, 2015 9-10am at city hall

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, Austin Immigrants Rights Coalition and allgo will present their recommendation for a city Equity Tool. Here we will also launch our Mamas report.

Thursday May 7th, 2015 from 6:30-8PM at the Austin City Council Meeting

There will be a Public Hearing for people to testify and show their support for Austin implementing an Equity Tool. This tool would help assess city policies and help determine how money is used by the city. This effort is an attempt to push the city to prioritize city policies and decisions that advance the city to be MORE EQUITABLE. Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, Austin Immigrants Rights Coalition and allgo are working together to move this forward.  COME OUT AND TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. If you are not interested in speaking, please come and stand in solidarity with us!

Take Action Feb 5th 9am- Demand Care and Justice for Pregnant Women in TX Jails

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WE NEED your continued support!
Join Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, Mamas of Color Rising, and the Texas Jail Project next Thursday Feb. 5th at the public hearing to support the rights of pregnant inmates across Texas.

What: Texas Commission on Jail Standards Public Meeting

Where: William P. Clements Bldg.
300 W. 15th Street, 1st Floor, Rm 103

Time: 9-10am. Come early- 8:45am if possible. (small room)

Find: A Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman rep. with a clipboard and stickers

Thanks to all of you who signed our Nov 6th Call to Action to demand that:
1) the current minimum standards of care be implemented and enforced,
2) more specific written policies and procedures be established, and that
3) all pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes begin to be documented in jails across Texas.
At the last public hearing in Nov. 2014 our members testified and shared the story of Shela Williams, who after receiving inadequate care in Travis County Jail had a stillbirth this past summer. We offered a strong rebuttal to the Commission’s claim that it can not provide pregnant women with adequate medical care in all county jails due to lack of doctors in some rural counties, by proposing that midwives serve as alternative providers. We also presented a set of specific recommendations to serve as a starting point for written policies and procedures for maternal health care. Your support strengthened the voices of the formerly incarcerated women and other Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman members who testified at the hearing! 177 individuals and 23 organizations officially signed on to the letter we presented to the Commission.

Thank you for your support and participation.
We hope to see you at the next Thursday’s hearing as we escalate our demands for humane care for pregnant women in Texas jails.
Stand with us, wear a sticker, be counted!

In the meantime, please consider making a donation
to support this volunteer effort.

At Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, we are working towards a just and loving world;
where all mothers receive, attentive, quality, loving care,
and where all communities have equitable resources to care for their children.

Equitable Criminal Justice Starts in the Womb

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Rojas: Equitable criminal justice starts in the womb

Posted: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

By Paula X. Rojas – Special to the American-Statesman

As we enter the new year, we are confronted with a new collective awareness of police brutality occurring around the country. But are we identifying and addressing the abuses of the criminal justice system occurring right here in our community of Austin? Are we caring for all our community members?

Austin has a history of racial profiling by the police, just like most other cities in the U.S. There are numerous local cases of unarmed civilians killed by police officers. This egregious treatment is not limited to the streets of our cities. As a mother and a midwife, I see firsthand how it begins much earlier — as early as the womb.

In the summer of 2014, Shela Williams gave birth to a stillborn child while in the custody of the Travis County sheriff’s department. Williams, a 29-year-old black woman who lives in East Austin, was placed in the Travis County Jail when she was 18 weeks pregnant. Her pregnancy was high-risk, and her health was being monitored by a specialist. She informed the guards and nurses of this when entering the jail and requested follow-up care, but that request was not granted for weeks.

Finally, a doctor examined Williams and coldly informed her that her child “wasn’t going to make it.” Williams was later sent to an area hospital to deliver her stillborn child, a boy named Israel. At the hospital, a midwife helped Williams with her delivery, and then dressed Israel so that Williams could hold him for the night before returning to her cell. During this ordeal, Williams was shackled and a jail guard was stationed at the door. She was not allowed to attend her son’s funeral.

Israel could be alive today. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards has basic minimum standards for the care of pregnant women in county jails. They also clearly state that a woman who is in labor should not be shackled. (That one has to write this sentence is an obscenity). And yet these standards remain unenforceable, due to a lack of an accountability mechanism and funding.

As a result, pregnant women have to fight for their rights to basic accommodations and care. At times they do not receive timely prenatal attention, leading to miscarriages and stillbirths. Jail officials can ignore them with little to no consequence. In other words, these officials can determine that the lives of Shela Williams and her unborn child do not matter. There is a stark racial dimension to this, as black and Latina women represent a demographic that is disproportionately growing among the prison population.

But Williams refuses to remain silent, and she has begun speaking out about her ordeal. She has also joined Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman and the Texas Jail Project’s campaign to demand that: 1) the current minimum standards of care be implemented and enforced, 2) more specific written policies and procedures be established, and that 3) all pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes begin to be documented in jails across Texas.

Going forward, we can do more to listen to local experts who are living and/or working directly on these issues. Only when we are grounded in the realities of those most impacted can we discover a way forward. It is not just about valuing the humanity of Shela Williams and other people caught in the criminal justice system. It is about reclaiming our own.

Rojas is a licensed midwife, community organizer and trainer with over 20 years experience working at the intersections of race, class, gender and age. She is a member of Mamas of Color Rising and a co-founder of Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman Pregnancy Clinic.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/opinion/rojas-equitable-criminal-justice-starts-in-the-wom/njhCN/

SAVE THESE DATES
Continue supporting our work- attend our upcoming events!
  • Thursday Feb 5th 9AM – next Public Hearing of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards
  • Saturday Feb 14th 6PM – screening of Trust Black Women
MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!

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At Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, we are working towards a just and loving world;
where all mothers receive, attentive, quality, loving care,
and where all communities have equitable resources to care for their children.

Please consider making a donation towards our all-volunteer effort, thanks!

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Thank you from Mama Sana

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THANK YOU to all of those who signed on to the Nov 6th call to action from Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman and Mamas of Color Rising to demand that the Texas Commission on Jail Standards implement current minimum standards of care, establish written policies and procedures, and begin to document all pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes.


Our action was successful in bringing these issues to the top of the agenda! Our members testified and shared the story of Shela Williams, who after receiving inadequate care in Travis County Jail had a miscarriage this past summer. We offered a strong rebuttal to the Commission’s claim that it can not provide pregnant women with adequate medical care in all county jails due to lack of doctors in some rural counties, by proposing that midwives serve as alternative providers. We also presented a set of recommendations for care to serve as a starting point for written policies and procedures. Your support strengthened the voices of the formerly incarcerated women and other Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman members who testified at the hearing! 177 individuals and 23 organizations* officially signed on to the letter we presented to the Commission. The Commission members stated that they are seriously considering our recommendations. We will be continuing the pressure at the next Public Hearing of the Texas Jail Commission on February 5, 2015.

IN THE MEANTIME, AS MOTHERS WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH ALL OF THE MOTHERS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES ORGANIZING TO CHALLENGE POLICE BRUTALITY AROUND THE COUNTRY. This is not a new issue, but the powerful response from social movements is bringing mainstream awareness to the racist violence of law enforcement. We see the abuses of law enforcement and ICE as interconnected with the negligence, mistreatment and cruelty faced by incarcerated pregnant women. The systemic failure of US criminal justice is becoming apparent. THESE ARE ALL EXAMPLES OF A SYSTEM OF STATE VIOLENCE THAT DOES NOT VALUE BLACK AND BROWN LIVES. Please support the families by taking action in your local cities. If you are in Austin, join us this Saturday, December 13th, at the rally for the National Day of Action Against Police Violence at the Texas State Capitol, South Entrance at 12 noon.

Here are links to news coverage of our appearance at the hearing:

http://www.sacurrent.com/sanantonio/the-fight-for-better-care-for-pregnant-women-in-texas-jails/Content?oid=2347721
http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2014-11-07/what-jail-is-like/
http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/11/07/policing-pregnant-women-texans-demand-obstetric-care-county-jails/
http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/11/texas-commission-on-jail-standards-open-to-reccomendations-to-improve-treatment-of-pregnant-inmates.html/

Thank you for your support and participation.
We hope to see you at the next hearing as we escalate our demands for humane care for pregnant women in Texas jails.
In the meantime, please consider making a donation
to support this volunteer effort.

* list of organizations that signed on:

Allgo

Amnesty International USA

Association of Texas Midwives

Community Midwives

Elephant Circle

La Reunion Cooperative Austin Texas

Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity

Mama Baila

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman

MomsRising

NARAL/Pro-Choice Texas

National Advocates for Pregnant Women

National Association of Certified Professional Midwives

Occupy Austin

Open Arms Perinatal Services

Resistencia Bookstore

Rise Up Texas

Son en Movimiento

Texas Jail Project

Texas Equal Access Fund

Texas Women’s Council

The Afiya Center

Wisconsin Guild of Midwives

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Recommendations for the care of pregnant women in all County Jails from Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman

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Recommendations for the care of pregnant women in all County Jails
from Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman

To Texas Commission on Jail Standards
Presented to Commission meeting on Nov 6, 2014

Dear Commissioners,

We appreciate your willingness to receive recommendations regarding the standards for pregnant women in Texas County Jails.

Our overall recommendation:

That the current standards of care be implemented, that written policies and procedures be established, and that all pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes be documented in jails across Texas.

Preliminary Recommendations:

1. Implement the current standard requiring jails to have a good medical plan that ensures timely and appropriate prenatal care, specialized obstetrical services when indicated, and postpartum care.

2. When a pregnant woman says that she is experiencing labor symptoms, the jail shall provide an immediate evaluation by an obstetric specialist. If there is no obstetric specialist on site, an ambulance shall be called immediately and the woman shall be transferred to an appropriate medical care facility. In the event that a woman gives birth in the correctional facility, the jail shall immediately call an ambulance to transfer both the mother and baby to a hospital.

3. Prohibit the placement of pregnant women in any form of solitary confinement, including a medical segregation cell.

4. All women should receive immediate medical attention and pregnancy testing at their request or at any sign or symptom of potential pregnancy.

5. Due to the stressful nature of incarceration and the research-based information regarding the impact of stress on pregnancy, all pregnant inmates should receive some aspects of high-risk care, including prenatal visits at twice the regular rate (so, twice a month instead of once a month, etc.), complete blood work at every trimester, regular blood pressure assessment, and close attention to fetal growth to identify IUGR (Intra Uterine Growth Restriction) early on.

6. Pregnant women should have access to a specialized maternal care provider – OB/GYN, Nurse Practitioner, CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife), or CPM (Certified Professional Midwife).

7. All pregnant incarcerated women should have the right to choose a birth companion to accompany them during their birth. Women should not be forced to birth in isolation. Birthing Companions can include a family member, friend, or a certified Doula or Labor Assistant.

8. All correctional departments should develop clear written policies and procedures on custody of pregnant inmates that are sensitive to the inmates’ unique health issues.

9. If the above mentioned recommendations are not implemented within the next 180 days, we recommend that an independent oversight mechanism be established to ensure proper and impartial response to custodial negligence or misconduct.

Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman and Mamas of Color Rising welcome the opportunity to further discuss these recommendations with the commission.

Join us to Demand Care and Justice for Pregnant Women in Texas County Jails

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Did you know that on any given month there are approximately 500 pregnant women living in Texas County Jails and that African American and Latina women make up a disproportionate number of incarcerated women in Texas?  Access to and dignity in perinatal health care is already sorely lacking for African American and Latina women in our state outside of  the criminal justice system.  It should come as no surprise then that no standard or guidelines exist that direct county jails to provide adequate care and support to pregnant women in their custody.  The absence of any directive has deadly consequences for the women and unborn children who are locked up in these facilities.  Join Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman Pregnancy Clinic and Mamas of Color Rising as we confront the Texas Jail Commission to demand that standards of care be formalized and that all pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes begin to be documented in jails across Texas.

The invisible life of pregnant women in Texas County Jails

Two years ago, Nicole Guerrero was pregnant and in solitary confinement in a Wichita County Jail cell when she suddenly started having contractions. She was completely ignored despite the fact that she screamed for help and pressed the emergency assistance button for hours. Early the next morning when a guard finally came by her cell, it was too late. Her baby was born a deep shade of purple on the jail cell floor. As some newborns do, her baby needed immediate medical attention and did not receive it. By the time her baby daughter was transported to the hospital, she had died.

Nicole has decided to go public with her case and filed a lawsuit against Wichita County, the County Sheriff’s Department, the private company that provides health care at the jail, and one of the company’s nurses.  But many other pregnant women are facing similar situations in county jails throughout Texas, including Travis County.

If you are outraged by the horrible conditions that incarcerated pregnant women are facing in Texas, please join us in taking action!

  • Sign our call to Action HERE

  • Formerly incarcerated women and other members of Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman will be testifying on Thursday November 6th at 9am at Texas Commission on Jail Standards demanding ACCOUNTABILITY AND HUMANE STANDARDS OF CARE for pregnant women in jails.

  • The Texas Jail Commission Campaign is part of  the larger Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman’s KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CAMPAIGN.  Please visit our blog to learn more! https://mamasanaclinic.wordpress.com/

  • Spread the word to your networks through email, Facebook, and Twitter.  Here’s a sample post:

“Because of lack of standards, women in Texas County Jails face deadly consequences.  Take Action!

#nobirthinjail #pregnantjailjustice #lockedupinlabor

Maternal Health Know Your Rights

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Mama Sana/ Vibrant Woman Pregnancy Clinic works towards a vision of:


“A Just and Loving World where all mothers receive attentive quality loving care and

all communities have equitable resources to care for their children.”

One way that we are advancing this vision is through our Know Your Rights Campaign. We are actively sharing the message of the rights we have throughout our reproductive life with our 10 points in English and Spanish. We spread the word with “Know Your Rights” t-shirts, palm cards, community events and other outreach efforts.

Dear Mama,

  1. You have the right to be healthy of body and mind.
  2. You have the right to decide how your body is treated by others. (family, partners, friends, healthcare providers)
  3. You have the right to decide when and with whom you have sex.
  4. You have the right to decide to have or not have a child.
  5. You have the right to receive healthcare regardless of health insurance or income.
  6. You have the right to receive attentive, quality, loving care regardless of race or income.
  7. In pregnancy and birth, you have the right to be told about and to decide about any health related procedures. (drug testing, epidural, episiotomy, cesarian, etc)
  8. You have the right to be empowered to choose the kind of birth that you want. (in hospital, birth center, home birth, water birth, with midwife, doula, doctor)
  9. You have the right to have your cultural practices respected and included.
  10. You have the right to equitable resources to raise and care for your children.

Querida Mamá,

  1. Tienes el derecho de estar saludable de cuerpo y mente
  2. Tienes el derecho de decidir como otras personas pueden tratar tu cuerpo. (familia, compañero/a sentimental, amigos, proveedores de salud)
  3. Tienes el derecho de decidir cuando y con quien tienes sexo
  4. Tienes el derecho de decidir el tener o no tener a un hijo.
  5. Tienes el derecho de recibir servicios medicos sin importar cuales sean tus ingresos o si tienes seguro medico
  6. Tienes el derecho de recibir cuidado de alta calidad, atento y cariñoso sin importar tu raza o ingreso
  7. Con cada procedimientos relacionado a tu salud durante tu embarazo y el parto, tienes el derecho de ser informada y de decidir sobre el procedimiento. (tales como: examen de drogas, anestesia epidural, incisión de Episiotomia, cesaria, etc.)
  8. Tienes el derecho de que se te apoye a hacer una decision para escoger el tipo de parto/nacimiento que tu quieres (en hospital, en un centro de nacimiento, en casa, parto en el agua, con una partera, con una acompañante de parto, o con un doctor)
  9. Tienes el derecho de que tus practicas religiosas y culturales sean respetadas e incluidas en el parto si asi lo deseas
  10. Tienes el derecho a tener recursos equitativos para criar y cuidar a tus hijos

Embody Transformation

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What We Do

Consulting services and trainings to help your organization develop and deepen its understanding of racial, gender, and economic inequality, so that you can be more effective in the work you do with your constituencies, your organization and your communities.

Your organization will expand its tools and strategies to contest structural inequalities, more effectively engage communities and strengthen collaborative relationships with individuals and organizations.

Services available include individual consultation, trainings, and technical assistance in the areas of community engagement and organizing, popular education, and leadership development.

 

Who We Are

Kellee Coleman was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She has been active in community social justice work since she was 12 years old. From 1992-1997 she was a host and producer of the Austin call-in cable access show, “What’s On Your Mind?” that focused on social justice issues from a youth perspective. Later she worked with ATU local union 1091 for 3 years. She co-created a radio show called “Mamis of Color” which aired weekly on KOOP FM radio from 2003-2007. Kellee is coordinator of Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana prenatal clinic, a project of Mamas of Color Rising, the organization she co-founded in 2008. The clinic works to provide holistic and culturally specific prenatal care, birth companions, midwifery services, prenatal fitness and nutrition services to lower income Black and Latina women in the Austin area.  Kellee is the mother of three children. In addition to her work with Mama Sana Clinic, she is an undergraduate student and consults on social justice issues. She is a member of the national leadership collective of Incite! Women and Transpeople of Color against Violence.

 

Paula X. Rojas has over 20 years of experience working in community organizing. Born in Chile, then passing through Houston, Texas she spent over a decade working as an organizer in Brooklyn, NY. Following in the footsteps of her family members in Chile, Paula has worked on grassroots social justice issues affecting her own local community since she was a teen. Her jobs have ranged from Economic Justice Coordinator at a community youth center, to developing an investigation program to prove racial/ethnic discrimination at a Fair Housing organization. In New York she co-founded various community non-profit organizations focused on issues affecting young and adult Black and Latina women including Sista II Sista. The bulk of her grassroots work has been focused on the issues of gender violence, childcare access, healthcare access, police violence and worker’s rights. Paula has played a role in supporting and amplifying local organizing work as co-founder of the New York Organizing Support Center, and member of the national leadership team of INCITE! where she worked training and supporting the local chapters and affiliates around the country. Since moving to Austin, Texas in 2008, Paula co-founded Mamas of Color Rising and worked to launch Refugio (Center for Community Organizing). Paula is also a contributor to the collection, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. She continues to search for organizing models towards a more just and loving world, from outside of the non-profit paradigm. Recently Paula became a licensed midwife (CPM) in order to put a more equitable maternal health model into practice. Paula continues to work as a consultant/trainer for social justice organizations both locally and nationally. She is the mother of two amazing kids, Xue-li and Camino and loves to dance!