Black moms, infants, and their families fuels the hopes of Black women everywhere for a more equitable society in which to live, love, give birth to, and raise healthy children.
The National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) was established in order to counteract the rising incidence of infant death that is occurring among the most disadvantaged communities, namely people of color of all shades.
They do this via training, research, technical support, policy, advocacy, and community-centered cooperation. The end result is a revolution in both systems and culture.
Ocama means “listen” in Taino-Arawak, a language of the Indigenous peoples from the islands known today as the Caribbean and South America (Abya Yala).
Inspired by this indigenous word, Ocama Collective views birth work as unique as each pregnancy, birth plan, and birth care.
We “listen” not only with our ears, but with heart and spirit, to each individual and baby that enters our circle of care. The Collective is open to ALL IBPOC families seeking a nurturing space to “listen” together.
Ocama Collective is a community-directed group of birth workers of color, living and working in Canada, who are dedicated to the reclamation of traditional and holistic childbearing and birthing practices, amongst queer and trans BIPOC folx. The Collective seeks to create access to cost-supported full-circle and community-based birth care.