Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 PM
Marquee Cinema, Union South

Film screening will begin at 6:30 PM with discussion to follow.

Following the preventable deaths of their loved ones due to childbirth complications, two families galvanize activists, birth-workers and physicians to reckon with one of the most pressing American crises of our time – the US maternal health crisis.

Post-screening discussion facilitators:

A woman stands before a dark green landscape. She smiles at the camera. She has long, wavy, dark brown hair that she wears with a soft part to the side. She wears a dark-brown blouse with light polka dots and a cream-colored cardigan.Dr. Jill Denson comes to the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center (PRC) from Public Health Madison Dane County, where she led programs in Sexual and Reproductive Health. Jill has a PhD in public health with a specialization in community and behavioral health promotion and is also a master’s level social worker. She has held several leadership positions focused on maternal and child health in community settings. Jill is committed to centering community voices and health equity in the PRC’s work. Jill’s interests lie at the intersections of Maternal and Child Health with Sexual and Reproductive Health. She has extensive experience in program development, building robust community partnerships and centering the voices of those who are marginalized. Given her background, her expertise has been focused on how social and structural determinants affect health, especially for groups most impacted by these determinants. She is an active member of the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team, Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Teams for Dane County and the City of Milwaukee, and Black Mamas Matter, a national organization dedicated to reducing maternal mortality for Black women, while centering holistic care.

A woman smiles softly at the camera. Her dark curly hair is held back from her face by a baby-blue head wrap. She wears a v-neck aqua dress that features a a paisley pattern in black, white and purple, and an arrow-line border. Her dark brown cardigan features puffed sleeves and a ribbed detail along the placket and cuffs. A silver pendant featuring a blue stone hangs from her neck on a black leather cord. Cherry wood paneling can be seen behind her.Tamara N. Thompson is a Black femme activist, Lactation Counselor, Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Student Midwife. Tamara is a founding member of the Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective, co-founder of Harambee Village Doulas, a community based-doula organization, and Maroon Calabash, a Black Womyn led Reproductive Justice organization. Tamara’s activism work includes the intersections of pregnancy and racism, incarceration, trauma, gender identity, infant loss, trauma, economic status, and access to human milk.