top of page

A Celebration of Black Kin Conference

This inaugural Black Maternal Health Week Conference, A Celebration of Black Kin, will take place April 11-17 of this year, during Black Maternal Health Week and primarily virtually, to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Creating a virtual conference has the benefit of being accessible to a wide audience of people across the state and nation who want to learn more.


Unlike any conference that’s taken place in Iowa, this event will celebrate community expertise and uplift joyful stories of reproductive health for Black people in Iowa. This event centers folks across the African diaspora, of any gender and sexuality, with a range of abilities and bodies, and welcomes anyone who is interested in reproductive justice issues to attend.


Celebration Schedule

Follow us for updates on registration, speakers, and community.

BMHW V1.jpg
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Sunday, April 11th

Children’s Storytime + Giveaway w/ StoryHouse Bookpub

Reproductive Justice Townhall


Monday, April 12th

Provider Panel: Angela Bolden-Mickens, RN; Ayah Bilbesi, DDS; Dr. Stephen Pedron; Sarah Bradbury, CNM; Sabbath Schrader, RN

State of VBAC in Iowa + storyteller w/ ICAN of Central Iowa


Tuesday, April 13th

Taboo Talk:  w/ Whole Damn Woman

Abortion Support Circle w/ Iowa Abortion Access Fund 

Securing the Baby Bag: w/ Shannon Simone Sellers


Wednesday, April 14th

LGBTQ Reproductive Health w/ Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition

Statewide Policy Overview w/ Iowa Department of Public Health

Drop-in Reproductive Justice Townhall


Thursday, April 15th

Ashtanga Yoga: Jamia Jordan

Free Up! Dance: Naya Thomas


Friday, April 16th

Iowa Black Doulas panel: Scout Wild Awake, Jazzmine Brooks, Ebonie Bailey, Linda Brown, Naya Thomas

Redefining the Full Spectrum Doula Workshop: Scout Wild Awake

“Happy” Hour Conference Kickoff: Linda Brown


Saturday, April 17th



Pre-conference Movement: Naya Thomas

Advocacy Panel + breakout sessions: Tira Mays, Dalia Kinsey, Destinee Woodris, Jeanine Logan, Kei-Che Randle

Self-Centered: Rebirthing Sovereignty: Charlyn Magdaline Griffith-Oro

Keynote: Olivia Samples

Birthstorytelling panel + breakout sessions: Latoya Blake, Paula Mahone, Oriana Lee, D. Anya, Janiecia McCaleb

Parenting Panel + breakout sessions: Luana Nelson-Brown, Christina Springer, Dr. Rosenna Bakari, Lindsey Pruett-Hornbaker

Post-Conference Celebration: DJTMAXDAKID


bottom of page