Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
#UnitedWePush for Birth Equity
Black Lives Matter. LGBTQ+ Lives Matter. Indigenous Lives Matter. Asian Lives Matter. Latinx Lives Matter. Every Baby Matters.
For too long, the voices of diverse families have been marginalized and ignored. And it shows: Black mothers are more than twice as likely to lose their baby to stillbirth.
It is no secret that BIPOC mothers have been deeply impacted by systemic racism and institutionalized bias, resulting in huge disparities in birth outcomes. But they are not alone: LGBTQ+ families, single parents, other ethnic and religious minorities, and birthing people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities struggle to be heard.
At PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy, we don't just care about diverse families; we are diverse families. We are allies. We believe that representation matters. And we commit to using our platform to empower every expectant family and to amplify those voices which have too often been silenced.
No matter who you are, your life matters. And we will fight for you and your baby.
If you have ideas for how we can improve our efforts, please don't hesitate to reach out! We are eager to learn and always open to feedback. firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement on Reproductive Freedom
At PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy, we believe in just that: empowerment for all people who can become pregnant, regardless of the person's background or the outcome of their pregnancy. As such, we believe in equitable abortion access as inseparable from the struggle for full reproductive justice that underpins our work. Empowered Pregnancy begins with choosing to be pregnant.
Preventing stillbirth means overcoming the same hurdles that plague the fight to improve reproductive healthcare - including abortion access - and maternal/child health overall, namely: racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination in the medical establishment, anti-science ideology, and the purposeful minimizing of patients' lived experiences. There is no room in this work for the demonization of pregnant people for their bodies, health, or choices. Bodily autonomy and medical self-advocacy go hand in hand, which is why we are proud to walk alongside people in their parenting decisions and journeys towards an empowered future.
As a team, several of us in the PUSH organization or our loved ones have been faced with the unexpected necessity of making a heartbreaking choice. And as stillbirth families, we know viscerally that even when you do everything "right," sometimes you find yourself in a situation you never could have anticipated. As such, we have deep compassion for any pregnant people who are contemplating terminating or have terminated a pregnancy.
And too often, these families' voices have been silenced due to misinformation and misunderstanding. We are here to speak out for those who cannot, to support and educate, and to advocate for reproductive freedom. We stand in solidarity with all families and respect their choices without judgment.