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One Woman At A Time Through The Oklahoma Challenge – The Greener Birth Initiative

Let me begin with a brief introduction to who I am. My name is RaShaunda Lugrand and I am the CEO and President of the budding reproductive health organization The InTune Mother Project. Our goal is to help improve access to reproductive health education through our quasi-experimental grassroots initiative to provide 30 women of color, in the state of Oklahoma, with series of high impact educational trainings and workshops, to become certified Independent Reproductive Health Workers. What this entails for our organization is the opportunity to make a big difference in the diversity of birth work in the Oklahoman community.
I am a Certified Holistic Doula, NLP, and Independent Perinatal Birth Consultant. I am one of 5 African American women that holds a certification as a Doula in the entire state of Oklahoma. In the state of Oklahoma African American women and babies are dying at alarming rates. As within many populations, we strive to reduce poor outcomes within the urban and rural communities of color. We are addressing the need of cultural competence, by planning and strategizing on a grassroots level to make our initiative a multigenerational success. By coordinating local and global partnerships to create deliberate programs that offers Oklahomans the opportunity to see the much needed shift of community centered perinatal care. By providing us, with the right amount of resources, and support, we feel that together we could be a valuable asset to helping more women “Journey To Safe Motherhood.” 

There is a time, when we have to identify, with problems head on. We started this campaign because we said, “enough is enough.”

  • WE CARE: That Black/African American women are 3 to 4 times more likely to have adverse outcomes than other populations in childbirth in the state of Oklahoma.

 

  • WE CARE: That Black/African American babies are 2 to 3 times more likely to die than babies born of other populations in the state of Oklahoma.

 

  • WE CARE: That Women and babies RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATED OF AMERICA are dying during and after childbirth, PERIOD! Maternal mortality is unacceptably high and we have a plan to aid in reducing that.

 

Did you know that about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. In 2013, 289,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth.

Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resourced settings, and most could have been prevented. THIS IS WHY WE NEED MORE WOMEN OF COLOR EDUCATED IN THE FIELD AS INDEPENDANT PERINATAL BIRTH CONSULTANTS!

We believe that our proposal will work. By adding more women of color to the field of birth work we are not only creating a diversity in the field of birth work, we are also creating a workforce development program, which will make these women, educated, empowered, and employable, social entrepreneurs.

We NEED help in Oklahoma. And we are asking you to support us make this happen.

  • 16.8% of women in Oklahoma live in poverty. The national average is 14.7%
  • On average, women in Oklahoma make $0.74 for every dollar paid to men.
  • The national average is $0.7920.5% of women in Oklahoma are uninsured. The national average is 13%

Supporting Resources

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