As we enter into a brand new year, Team Amma is looking ahead to new plans and challenges, and reflecting on how far we came in 2023. Continue reading below to hear about some of our hopes and intentions for 2024!
This holiday season, our Peer Support Volunteers took Amma’s festive celebration into their own hands, and they created such a beautiful occasion for everyone. For many it was the first time they had planned a festive get together, and they poured such love and enthusiasm into every element of the party. From the decorations to entertainment to costumes to choosing the best snacks, every detail was considered. And the result was the warmest, most delightful day, with treats for all!
This week is UK Black Maternal Mental Health Week (BMMHW), taking place from 25th September to 1st October. BMMHW is an annual event that aims to promote education, advocacy, and support for Black women during their pregnancy and postpartum journey, which is deeply relevant for the Amma community.
On Friday, June 23, as part of Refugee Festival Scotland, we held an event at Glasgow Women’s Library celebrating our project Mama Stitch. This project was a collaboration between Amma and Dr Lucy Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at Edinburgh University.
On November 8, a mural exploring Black motherhood was unveiled outside the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow. This mural is a public declaration of a commitment to racial equality and justice, and an invitation to continue to hold this hospital and others like it to account — to co-create a maternity system where everyone receives not just adequate care, but excellent care.