Throughout history, Black women have been at the forefront of social change, advocating for their rights, their families, and their communities. In the realm of maternal mental health, their contributions are immeasurable. This month, we want to shine a spotlight on their resilience, strength, and the vital role they play in supporting maternal mental health.

Dr. Neal-Barnett is a clinical psychologist and author who specializes in maternal mental health and stress-related disorders among Black women. Her research has focused on understanding the impact of race-related stressors on maternal mental health outcomes and developing culturally sensitive interventions to support Black mothers.

Dr. Ebony Wrenn, leads Mom Congress, a movement which brings the voices of women, mothers and others to D.C. to fight for improved maternal health, maternal mental health, child care and paid leave. Ebony is passionate about ending generational poverty through empowering, encouraging, and elevating mothers.

Dr. Jamila Taylor is the President and CEO for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, where she focuses on women’s health issues, including maternal mental health disparities among women of color. She has been a vocal advocate for policies and programs aimed at addressing these disparities and improving access to mental health care for Black mothers.

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a licensed psychologist and the founder of Therapy for Black Girls, an online platform that provides resources and support for Black women seeking mental health care. Through her platform and podcast, she has raised awareness about the importance of maternal mental health and destigmatized discussions around mental wellness in the Black community.

Kay Matthews is a LCHW, Motivator, Advocate and Mental Health & Wellness Advisor. She is the Founder of The Shades of Blue Project and has spearheaded Black Maternal Mental Health Week. She has championed the federal Mom Matter Act and appropriations activity to increase the number of Black and Brown therapists and community based non-profits to address unmet needs. She has received numerous awards from both her community and her peers, and is partners with several national organizations.

Tyra D. Gross is a clinical psychologist and founder of Black Girls Smile Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting mental wellness and resilience among young Black women and girls. Through her advocacy work, she has highlighted the intersection of race, gender, and mental health, including the unique challenges faced by Black mothers.

These are just a few examples of the many Black women who have been at the forefront of maternal mental health advocacy. Their work has been instrumental in raising awareness, advancing research, and promoting policies and programs aimed at supporting the mental health and well-being of Black mothers and their families.