Birthing Justice

Lynn Shuter

Birthing Justice

January 25, 2024

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Birthing Justice

Birthing Justice: Screening and Panel Discussion

When: Thursday, January 25 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CT
Where: Temple Israel | 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive, St. Louis, 63141


Global maternal mortality is decreasing, but the US ratio of deaths to live births has doubled since 1987. Missouri’s ratio is now double the national average and getting worse – higher than 42 other states, and in fact eight times higher than the lowest state. And the rate for Black Missourians is three times higher than for white women.

Policies can change that trajectory. California, for example, has reduced maternal deaths by 65% over the last 15 years. Join us to learn Missouri’s scope of the problem, underlying causes and potential solutions at a screening and panel discussion of the award-winning documentary, Birthing Justice, which tells the story of the crisis faced by Black mothers and their children and the solutions needed to transform the maternal care system.

Birthing Justice explores the issues fueling the maternal health crisis within the Black community and advocates for the best practices to enhance birthing equity for all women. By revealing the lived experiences of Black women and their advocates working to fix a broken system, Birthing Justice flips the victim-blaming narrative of this national epidemic.

Our important panel discussion will be moderated by Darcy Scharff, PhD and include Dr. Melissa Tepe, Melissa Betts-Sanders (a woman with lived experience) and Lora Gulley of Generate Health, who will issue a call to action for attendees.

The Birthing Justice screening and panel discussion is sponsored by NCJWSTL, Generate Health, Temple Israel, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The event is free of charge, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

Questions? Email Jen Bernstein at or call 314.993.5181