The National Perinatal Task Force
National Perinatal Task Force
The National Perinatal Task Force is a grassroots movement to start and grow Perinatal Safe Spots (PSS) in every ‘Materno-toxic Area’ in the USA, in order to eliminate racial and class disparities in birth outcomes, and to create equity and power in maternal child health care.
The National Perinatal Task Force declaration to birth a more just and loving world:
Guided by fierce love for our families and communities, the National Perinatal Task Force seeks to dismantle the braid of oppression impacting communities of color. We recognize strength and abundance in the breadth of our intersectional collective in order to harness the limitless power of our lived experiences.
We believe all people have the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we care for with equitable resources to thrive in community. Furthermore, with a vision of Reproductive Justice and an equity lens, we believe in Maternal Justice, where even the most marginalized are able to birth with full human rights and self-determination, where we honor the powerful and sacred ability to create new humans, and all childbearing people receive culturally grounded, attentive, quality, loving care.
To model the world we are birthing, we use Collective Organizing to shift the paradigm of reproductive health by addressing the root causes of inequity, building collective power, and advancing liberation for all.
We transform the world via Praxis, where our collective practices as perinatal providers guide our methods for transforming the world and making social change.
In solidarity with our partners in movements for Reproductive Justice and all forms of social justice, we work in our local communities to advance Maternal Justice and collectively birth a more just and loving world.
Our core practices include:
- Collective Care
- Collective Leadership
- Community Organizing
- Group agreements
- Reflective process
- Strengths-based collective leadership development
- Restorative rest/respite
- Transitions support
- Trauma-informed lens
Finally a SAFER approach to maternal health and wellness, and SUPPORT for those who provide their care.
About The Taskforce
The National Perinatal Task Force is a community of people who have a heart for women and babies.
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News media has recently been featuring the problem of Maternal Mortality, deaths due to pregnancy and childbirth in the USA.
“The United States is the only industrialized country where the rates of maternal deaths have increased, rather than decreased. And “near deaths” are on the rise: 60,000 a year across the country. Erin Moriarty of “48 Hours” talks to young woman who have a higher risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth than their mothers did, and meets a midwife from England who saw expectant mothers being turned away from doctors offices in Florida, and in response opened up a health clinic that welcomes everyone.” CBS Sunday Morning news program
Jennie Joseph has created a maternal child health model which operates at Perinatal Safe Spots in Orlando, Florida. Applying the steps of The JJ Way® system in her ‘Easy Access’ prenatal care clinics creatively takes care of the problem of access to care for patients, but also the access for providers and agencies to each other’s services in order to collaboratively share the care. The community-at-large benefits from a greater understanding of health care disparities, health education and shared resources. The resulting connections between all players, subsequent knowledge and ultimate empowerment leads to better care, improved health and reduced costs.