Nicha Cumberbatch, creator of Birthing While Black, is passionate about finding solutions for the crisis facing black maternal mortality and virtually teaches Birthing While Black-A Black Woman's Childbirth Education Class. The course seeks to empower black women with information about their maternal bodies, their birth experience options, and teach tools for self-advocacy that encourage positive birth experiences and birth outcomes.
Nicha is a certified Physician Assistant since 2013, a birth advocacy educator since 2006, a doula advocate mentor since 2020, has always had a passion for caring for others through medicine. Her experience began as a holistic health practitioner in 2003, which has set the stage for her approach to care both professionally and personally.
Nicha, as part of a Doctorate in Medical Science completion project, is currently conducting a study to investigate the impact that childbirth education classes have on black birthing women. If you know or are a Black woman, ages 18-45, who have recently experienced their first birth and would like to participate in the study, please read the criteria for inclusion and sign up.
We believe all Black women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, deliver safely, and change the world.
Current evidence indicates that women who take birth classes have more normal vaginal deliveries, lower rates of c-sections, fewer vacuum-assisted births, less use of epidurals, and fewer unnecessary interventions.
Our mission is to reach as many Black birthing women with the necessary tools to be empowered when Birthing while Black.
We see a world, where Black women have equity in their birth preparedness, the experience of Black birth care education and increase their chances of positive birth outcomes.