Frequently Asked Questions
What is birth equity?
NBEC defines birth equity as, “the assurance of the conditions of optimal births for all people with a willingness to address racial and social inequities in a sustained effort.”
Why does NBEC focus on Black women/birthing individuals?
Due to a history and legacy of structural racism and systematic oppression, Black women are most often to experience adverse maternal health and birth outcomes compared to individuals of other racial and ethnic groups. By focusing on our most disenfranchised and oppressed populations, we can improve maternal health and birth outcomes for all birthing populations.
Why are Black women dying in childbirth?
The reasons are largely preventable. Racism and its various manifestations from lack of access and insurance to disrespectful maternity care.
Why do we use the term, “Birthing People”?
Not everyone who is pregnant or gives birth is a woman. Transgender and non-binary people get pregnant and give birth, too. Due to transphobia and misunderstanding around this issue, Trans and non-binary people have disproportionate rates of adverse health outcomes. NBEC is inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
What is a Birth Equity Research Scholar?
A Birth Equity Research Scholar is a doctoral student trained in a range of disciplines, e.g., nursing, city and regional planning, maternal and child health, etc., who engages in collaborative research projects to inform policies that address inequities in Black birthing populations.
Are we a 501(c)(3) / tax-deductible / a nonprofit?
The National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) is a fiscally sponsored program under the Foundation for Louisiana, a 501(c)(3) organization. Charitable contributions to NBEC are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.