Announcing the Official Launch of The Bridge Directory: Connecting Families of Color with Birth Professionals of Color
Come and meet the founders of the Bridge, be captivated by lively musical interludes and a stimulating speech delivered by speaker and activist Tamika Mallory.
The Bridge site and community is an invaluable initiative to close the access gap for families of color. The Bridge aims to be a national referral network comprised of a diverse group of birth professionals of color who provide high-quality services that integrate the needs of the entire family and serve communities of color – beginning in New York City. . This includes, but is not limited to: midwives, obstetricians, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, chiropractors, pediatricians, body workers, mental health therapists and others.
The Bridge Directory was created with the goal of uplifting and improving the care Black and Brown families receive.
“We know that due to racism and implicit bias, we (BIPOC families) are not getting the care we deserve (and desperately need) in the industrial medical complex,” says Emilie Rodriguez, Founder of The Bridge Directory and Ashe Birthing Services.
The Bridge Directory already contains more than 100 color providers and professionals available for families to search for. Supplier benefits include:
– A complete professional file in the directory
– The opportunity to connect and form a community across fields and professions
– Access to a members-only Facebook group
– Access to the wisdom of the community-appointed Council of Elders
– Networking opportunities between members
– And more
“We don’t need a seat at the table,” Rodriguez said. “As black and brown people, we are used to creating our own solutions, so we step up and create our own table. It’s more than just a supplier directory. We are building a birth community.
Birth professionals, families and the press can RSVP by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bridge-directory-virtual-launch-party-tickets-265362264677