JayVon Muhammad, midwife and founder of Urban Midwifery, a family-advocacy organization in South Carolina, launched a campaign to hault the normalization of ‘baby mammahood.’ Â Â Â Take a look at the compelling hands-on approach Muhammad takes:
The organization is in urgent need for financial assitance to continue to service and spread the word within the community. Please contribute to the very worthy cause here.
Campaign Against the Normalization of the â€œBaby Mamaâ€
Being a â€œBaby Mamaâ€ is NOT normal. Yet, today having a baby without having (first) a husband is glorified. Every time one turns on the television or the radio being a â€œBaby Mamaâ€ seems to be okay.
Urban Midwifery is on a campaign to dispel this lie. Being a â€œBaby Mamaâ€ is not fair to the woman or the child. It should not be oneâ€™s goal. We women are CHEATING ourselves, and our babies, when we take on the parenting role without a partner. It is unfair and it is not optimum.
Over 70% of Black Babies are born outside of Wedlock. This means that over 70% of pregnancies in the Black Community involve women who are single, in unhealthy relationships, or they may be in committed relationships, but the ultimate relationship commitment – marriage, hasnâ€˜t happened.
For those who are confused, and argue that they are in a committed relationship, and marriage doesnâ€™t matterâ€¦ Let us be the first to tell you – You are either MARRIED, or you are SINGLE, in the eyes of law, and God. There is no, â€œin a relationshipâ€ status, like in the Facebook fantasy world.
On a daily basis Urban Midwifery cares for pregnant women who are struggling to meet basic financial and emotional needs. They may be homeless, staying in substandard housing, or an unfavorable environment. They may be unemployed. They may be heart-broken, or embarrassed because their relationship has fallen apart, and now they are pregnant and left to raise a child alone. And, even when women are in (uncommitted) relationships, there is the fear that it might not â€œwork outâ€, and then I will be left to raise my child.â€
Being Married is WHATâ€™s UP!
Having a spouse to love, care, and provide for you allows you to take your rightful place in the home. The feminine role! The role of wife, mother, first teacher, first nurse.
Strong marriages make for strong communities. As more and more women are left to have and raise children alone, our communities continue to decline. Young men and women are growing up without father figures, causing them to be preyed upon and to make unnecessary mistakes.
Marriage brings a certain stability with it, financially and emotionally. Pregnant women in healthy marriages have less stress and are able to rely on their spouses to take care of the daily nuisances that present. This makes for a healthier pregnancy.
Urban Midwifery, Inc. is committed to encouraging marriage in the Black Community. As part of our programs for pregnant women, and our Campaign against the normalization of the Baby Mama, we provide conferences, workshops, and educational sessions that stress the importance of marriage to pregnant women.
Healthy marriages make for healthy families, and healthy families make for healthy communities.
Our goal is to educate girls and young women about the benefits of marriage before pregnancy. We do this through lectures and conferences to youth groups. We also work with pregnant women closely educating them about all of the benefits that come with being married.