Pachamama’s Wellness Week Supports Black Mothers Matter

We’re so excited to announce that Pachamama is launching our first-ever Virtual Wellness Week. It’s a week-long celebration of free virtual events centered around well-being for women, mamas, mums-to-be, partners and little ones from 9-13 November, with each day focused on a different theme of wellness, including: nutrition, movement, sex, hormones, mind and body.

All the classes, talks, meditations and workshops throughout the week are free to attend, however, we are asking anyone who’s able to, to pay what they can, with all proceeds from the week donated to Black Mothers Matter.

Pachamama founder, Arianna Radji Lee says:

“This year has been challenging for everyone, but particularly so for parents. I really wanted to create something special and feel-good for our community, so they could head into the end of the year feeling strong, cared-for and connected.”

Feeling good is important, but we also need to do good. Earlier this year I made a commitment to educate myself and our community on racial privilege that exists in the world today, and help raise the profile of black-business owners in the parenting and wellness spaces. As part of that on-going commitment, all money raised during the week will be donated to Black Mothers Matter, a UK-based charity whose mission is to create a dedicated, safe space for Black mothers to get information and support on issues they face during pregnancy and after birth.” 

To donate to Black Mothers Matter, click here.

To see the full line up of events during wellness week and to book into sessions, visit: https://bit.ly/pachamama-wellnessweek2020

BLACK MOTHERS MATTER’S MISSION & VISION

Their mission is to create dedicated resources, a platform and safe space for black mothers to get information and support on the issues faced by them during pregnancy and the first year after birth.

Their vision is that all black mothers can easily know the issues faced by them and have easily accessible advice on solutions so that they and their children are no longer disproportionately in danger during pregnancy and the first year after birth.

BLACK MOTHERS MATTER AIMS TO:

Assure black woman that their journey is just as valid and important
Most resources available to pregnant women and new mothers are made through the lens of whiteness. Though broadly speaking this encompasses a wide range of things that women will go through during this time, this fails to address the cultural differences that face black women and the struggles and difficulties that may face a black woman.

Reduce barriers to black woman seeking professional support
We know that black women are less likely to attend appointments with doctors and midwives early. The most comprehensive study was of 24,319 women in Britain. Compared to White women, women from minority ethnic groups were more likely to be younger, multiparous and without a partner. They tended to access antenatal care later in pregnancy, have fewer antenatal checks, fewer ultrasound scans and less screening. They were less likely to receive pain relief in labour and, Black African women in particular, were more likely to deliver by emergency caesarean section.
Postnatally, women from minority ethnic groups had longer lengths of hospital stay and were more likely to breastfeed but they had fewer home visits from midwives. Throughout their maternity care, women from minority ethnic groups were less likely to feel spoken to so they could understand, to be treated with kindness, to be sufficiently involved in decisions and to have confidence and trust in the staff. (Henderson et al Experiencing maternity care: the care received and perceptions of
women from different ethnic groups, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013).

Provide resources that are appropriate for black women
We aim to curate resources that are culturally sensitive for black women. This will include pregnancy information, information of what to expect at appointments and also signposting to other organisations that may be helpful.

IMPORTANT STATISTICS

  • Black women in the UK have more than five times the risk of dying in pregnancy or up to six weeks postpartum compared with white women. (MMBRACE UK REPORT 2015-7)
  • Black women have a higher risk of miscarriage with both spontaneous and IVF pregnancy (Dhillon et al Investigating the effect of ethnicity on IVF Outcome, Reproductive Biomedicine online 2015)
  • Black women are twice as likely to have a stillborn baby than their white counterparts (J. Muglu et al., Risks of stillbirth and neonatal death with advancing gestation at term: A systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies of 15 million pregnancies, PLOS Medicine 2019)
  • Black women have higher rates of non-attendance for cervical screening – 62% for Caribbean women and 44% for African women, as compared to 11% for white women (Marlow et al Understanding cervical screening non-attendance among ethnic minority women in England, British journal of Cancer 2015)
  • Black women are 3 times more likely to have fibroids than white women, and they tend to grow more quickly (Stewart et al Epidemiology of uterine fibroids a systematic review, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2017)
  • Black women and women from minority ethnic groups are underrepresented in medical research studies and clinical trials (A. Smart et al., The under- representation of minority ethnic groups in UK medical research, Ethnicity Health 2016)
  • Black women and women from minority ethnic groups are more likely to have a poorer experience of healthcare during pregnancy, delivery and aftercare (Henderson et al Experiencing maternity care: the care received and perceptions of women from different ethnic groups, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013)
  • Black women with breast cancer have a higher mortality rate than white women (4 H. Møller et al., Short-term breast cancer survival in relation to ethnicity, stage, grade and receptor status: national cohort study in England 2016)
  • Black, Asian, and minority ethnic women are at an increased risk of having a pre-term birth, stillbirth, neonatal death or a baby born with low birth weight (Garcia et al., Specific antenatal interventions for BAME pregnant women at high risk of poor birth outcomes 2015)
  • Ethnic disparities in health outcomes have been shown to clearly exist despite socioeconomic factors and other demographic variables (J. Dovidio et al., Racial biases in medicine and healthcare disparities 2016)

To donate to Black Mothers Matter, click here.

To see the full line up of events during wellness week and to book into sessions, visit: https://bit.ly/pachamama-wellnessweek2020

Ways to Celebrate UK Black History Month 2020

As part of are ongoing commitment to educate ourselves and our community in anti-racism work, each week during this month we’ll be including a spotlight section to our weekly newsletter, to highlight related events, articles and/or videos to raise awareness of UK Black history. Here’s what’s been included so far:

Visit
The Black Cultural Archives heritage centre in Brixton 
The Black History Month exhibitions at Museum of London Docklands

Watch
Go Back To Where You Came From a programme that explores issues of belonging and identity through a specific type of racial abuse
Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History to hear more about influential black composers from John Blanke and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor to Shirley Thompson
Watch Black British filmmakers explore the impact of George Floyd’s killing by the police and the protest it sparked in the UK through four-minute-long episodes in the series Take Your Knee Off My Neck
Black history inspired documentaries, films and series from RadioTimes’ list. The list includes where to watch/access in the UK. We recommend 13th and Becoming.

Follow
@r29unbothered on Instagram made for and by Black millennial women
@sharethemicnow High profile white women hand over their social media accounts to magnifying Black women and the important work that they’re doing 
@colourfulcelebrations A baby gift shop that celebrates colour, culture and heritage boldly and proudly and watch their video on what representation means to their Colourful Mamas
@HereWeeRead, an Instagram account by Diversity & Inclusion Expert, Charnaie, who features diverse children’s book recommendations. Storytime sees her reading a diverse children’s book and can be found under the ‘Storytime’ stories on her account.

Read
About Olive Morris and her role in the movement of Black women in 1970’s Britain fighting against racial discrimination  
The 392the debut novel fromAshley Hickson-Lovence from Hackney in London about a 36 minute bus journey on the 392 in London, the characters on that bus journey and their stories.
About Wilston Samuel Jackson, the first Black train driver.


Ask
Alexa for the ‘fact of the day’ throughout October to learn more about UK and Ireland Black history

BAME Breastfeeding Peer Supporter Training

This post is contributed and written by NWL Breastfeeding Support for All Minority Communities

The founders of NWL Breastfeeding Support for All Minority
Communities (BSAMC) – (formerly known as NWL BAME) – are very
excited to announce that, thanks to the many generous donations we’ve
received, we now have funds available to pay for 20 mothers to train to
be breastfeeding peer supporters! 

We have put together an application form (link below) and invite anyone
who is interested to apply for a funded place on the Association of
Breastfeeding Mothers’ “Mother Supporter” online training course. You
can find out more about the course here:

https://abm.me.uk/mother-supporter-course-introduction/

As part of the funding, we will also pay the cost of one year’s
membership of the ABM – required in order to do the course – a total
amount of £45.

If you receive funding, we will ask for a commitment from you to
complete the training, which requires a minimum of 3 hours work a
week, for 12 weeks. The work can be done on a smartphone, as well as
on a laptop or computer. Please reflect carefully on whether you will be
able to complete the training within the specified time, as we would really
like the opportunity to go to someone who is able to take full advantage
of it. 

We welcome applications from women who are London-based and have
breastfed their baby for a minimum of six months – exclusive
breastfeeding, pumping or combination feeding all count. We are
encouraging applications from women who are Black or Asian, or from
another ethnic minority community. We are very keen to promote
diversity in breastfeeding support.

In the application form we will ask for your post code, for more
information about why you would like to train, and also about what you
would do with the training once you have it – whether that is supporting
online, helping at a local group, or something else. It’s crucial that these
questions are answered in detail. 

If you’d like to apply, then please click here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QL665G3

If you have any questions about the application process, please email: NWLBreastfeeding@gmail.com

Black Lives Matter Resources

Pachamama is committed to educating its team and community on the injustice and racial privilege that exists in the world today. As the business grows, we will foster an internal and external culture of diversity and inclusion, and raise the profile of black business owners in the parenting and fitness spheres.

Below is a list of helpful anti-racism resources we’ve either found online or pulled together to help educate you and your little one, should you choose to. 

Reading Lists
The Guardian Reading List
The NYT Anti-Racist Reading List
Pachamama’s Children’s Book List

Videos
Everyday Racism (under 5 mins)
Reparations & White Privilege (under 5 mins)
George The Poet on BLM (under 5 mins)
Not All Superheros Wear Capes (15 mins)

Podcasts
About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
Make Motherhood Diverse
Code Switch
Talking to Your Kids About Race (episode)

Instagram Accounts To Follow (For Parents)
@hereweread
@theconsciouskid
@inclusivestorytime

Toys
The Pattycake Doll Company
Sugar Foot Rag Dolls
Craylora Multicultural Crayons
PebbleChild

TV & Movies
Daddy Daycare (2003)
The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
Space Jam (1996)
Cinderella (1997)
Are We There Yet? (2005)

Charities
Stop Hate UK
Black Women’s Project
Black Thrive

20 Children’s Books on Race, Ethnicity & Acceptance

If your ever wondering when the right time might be to talk to your little ones about race, ethnicity and tolerance, the time is now.

If you, like so many of us, want to know how to help and affect change, we would encourage you to proactively address the topic with them from an early age, rather than waiting for them to come to you with questions about what they might have seen at school or picked up in the media.

“Silence will not protect you or them,” said Beverly Daniel Tatum, a psychologist and author of “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race.” “Avoiding the topic is not a solution.”

We’ve pulled together a list of children’s books, for a variety of ages, to help get you, and them, comfortable about having these often difficult but vital conversations.

We truly believe that education is the key to unlocking everything, and what better way to help them understand race, ethnicity and acceptance from as young as possible. So let’s start learning:

Mixed by Arree Chung (age 2+)

The Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (age 2+)

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev (age 2+)

Skin Again by Bell Hooks

Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

One Family by George Shannon

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr

The Snowy Day By Ezra Jack Keats (ages 3-8)

If All the World Were by Joseph Coelho (ages 3-8)

The Color of Us by Karen Katz

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

All Are Welcome Paperback by Alexandra Penfold (ages 3-8)

A Poem for PeterBy Andrea Davis Pinkney (ages 3-8)

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (age 4+)

Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan (age 6+)

Thunder Boy Junior by Sherman Alexie (age 3-8)

We March by Shane W. Evans

A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts (age 3-8)

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (age 8-12)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (age 8-12)


This list was pulled from a variety of source, including: Mother.ly, NYTimes, and parent recommendations