‘The Birthing Experience:’ Tuesday, April 12

Free Diaper Drive: Wednesday, April 13

(April 8, 2022 at 11:30am)

QUEENS, NY – In recognition of Black Maternal Health Week, which kicks off Monday, April 11, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will host a pair of events centering the childbearing journey of Black women from conception to birth and beyond.

On Tuesday, April 12 at 6pm at Queens Borough Hall, Borough President Richards and Deputy Borough President Ebony Young will host “The Birthing Experience,” an evening that will shine a light on Black women’s maternal, mental and reproductive health care needs, as well as the services and programs available to them.

The program will include a panel discussion featuring several health care professionals, birthing experts and maternal health advocates, a Q&A segment, a short documentary screening, trivia and maternal product giveaways. Attendees will also have an opportunity to connect with city agencies, community-based organizations and maternal service providers who will be tabling at the event.

On Wednesday, April 13 at 5pm, Borough President Richards will co-sponsor a Diaper Day of Action along with Morning Star Baptist Church and Council Member Nantasha Williams, who will host the free giveaway at her district office, located at 172-12 Linden Boulevard in St. Albans.

The collection of approximately 2,000 diapers, donated to the Queens Borough President’s Office by Amazon and government relations firm Kasirer, will be distributed at no cost to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Few have felt the harsh sting of health care inequity more than Black women, especially new and expecting Black mothers, who unjustly experience significantly higher rates of maternal mortality than any other group,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “It’s an honor to recognize Black Maternal Health Week at Queens Borough Hall for the first time, as we uplift new and expecting Black mothers and propel these critical conversations forward.”

“Black motherhood is a beautiful and powerful experience. But decades of disinvestment in the health of Black mothers can no longer be allowed to stand,” said Deputy Borough President YOUNG. “I encourage all our neighbors to join us at these two events as Queens comes together to support our courageous and inspirational Black mothers across The World’s Borough.”

“Maternal mortality rates have been on a steady incline for Black women, while solutions to address this issue and community awareness have continued to lag. I’d like to thank Queens Borough President Donovan Richards’ for partnering with our office to do a Diaper Day of Action in the Southeast Queens community in honor of Black Maternal Health Week,” said Council Member NANTASHA WILLIAMS. “The Diaper Day of Action, will raise awareness around the inequities that persist for Black women, and support much needed conversations around solution based approaches to eradicate this birth injustice.” 

Members of the public who wish to attend either or both events can RSVP at www.queensbp.org/rsvp.

“The Birthing Experience”

WHEN:         Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 6 PM

WHERE:       Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens

WHO:            DONOVAN RICHARDS JR., Queens Borough President

                      EBONY YOUNG, Deputy Queens Borough President

Health care professionals, birthing experts and maternal health advocates

Diaper Day of Action

WHEN:         Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 5 PM

WHERE:       Council Member Nantasha Williams’ District Office, 172-12 Linden Blvd. in St. Albans

WHO:          DONOVAN RICHARDS JR., Queens Borough President

                   NANTASHA WILLIAMS, Council Member

                    Morning Star Baptist Church

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