The Black Maternal Health Initiative Peer leadership Group is organizing a community discussion around the issues raised by the recent documentary Aftershock. Save the date — Thursday, Nov. 3rd 5-6:30– and stay tuned for more information!

In support of the BMHI Peer Leaders, the Library at both the Bronx and Manhattan will be running multiple showings of the film from Oct. 17th – Oct. 28th. See the Schedule below and reserve your spot at a viewing in the Bronx or Manhattan. Or just come when you can!

“All health is maternal health,” says Evelyn Alvarez, Bronx-based birthing justice activist and doula with BX Rebirth.

Aftershock (86 minutes) documents this truth, showing the effects of the Black maternal health crisis in the U.S. — the unfathomable community loss and the growing movement to take action.

“This is a film everyone must see,” says Kabrina Stephens, a Peer Leader for the MCNY Black Maternal Health Initiative (BMHI).


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Mon. Oct. 17th & 24th @ 1pm & 5pm

Wed. Oct. 19th & 26th @ 5pm

Thurs. Oct. 20th & 27th @ 5pm

Sat. Oct. 22nd @ 1pm


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Mon. Oct. 17th & 24th @ 2:30 pm & 5pm

Wed. Oct. 19th & 26th @ 2pm

Thurs. Oct. 20th & 27th @ 2pm

Fri. 21st & 28th @ 3pm

Sat. Oct. 22nd @ 12:30 pm


Thursday, November 3rd,  5pm-6:30pm, BMHI Peer Leaders will host a virtual roundtable to discuss the questions Aftershock raises with you and other distinguished guests.

Questions for November 3rd Post Discussion designed by MCNY’s Black Maternal Health Initiative Peer Leadership Group

1. Have you ever had experiences with the medical community that made you feel unseen or unheard?

2. After viewing “Aftershock”, have you had or known of anyone who has experienced the loss of a pregnant partner or family member before, during or after childbirth?

3. How can we support men of color who are faced with this situation? What about grandparents and other family members?

4. How would you envision becoming an advocate of birthing rights in your community? What needs to be done?

5. Does it take a village to protect a birth and raise a family? How?

BMH is funded through the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform Communities Grant. Our purpose is to foster discussion and advocacy on the Black maternal health crisis.