ACTT for Safe Motherhood
Learn What You Can Do
Ask questions, Claim your space, Trust your body, and Tell your story to take control of your health and well-being. The videos below dramatize Moms and their families ACTTing.
If you ACTT and you still do not feel safe and respected by your provider, you do have options.
- Bring a support person with you, speak to the doctor in charge, and make sure the conversation is documented in your chart.
- Speak to the supervisor of the clinic or office. In the hospital speak to the Patient Representative, or the head of Patient Safety and Quality Care, or the head of Obstetrics.
- Find a new provider or get a second opinion (depends on the urgency of the situation, your insurance, and availability of providers).
Remember: It is your Right to have Healthcare that Protects and Serves You and Your Family.
“The Black community has a powerful abundance of love for our mothers and babies. We can focus power to ACTT on behalf of Black Moms and heal the effects of racism so birthing families can thrive – not just survive.”
A for Ask Questions Until You Understand the Answers
C for Claim your Space – both Physical and Mental
T for Trust your Body
T for Tell your Story
- Ask questions until you understand the answers – you have the right to learn all there is to know about your pregnancy. You have the right to make educated decisions based on what you prefer for you & your family.
- Claim your space by making your wishes known. You have the right to say “No decision about me without me.”
- Trust yourself to know when something’s not right.
- Tell your support team & your provider if you don’t feel well and make your voice heard, with help from your supporters.
Support Black Moms
- Find out where the best maternity care is given in your area.
- Be an advocate at prenatal visits and during & after the birth.
- Reduce stress on Mom by helping during pregnancy & after.
- Black Moms and their support team can ACTT for Safe Motherhood to help improve their health & the baby’s health