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Earlier this year an anti-abortion smear campaign charged that the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb. Erykah Badu and members of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) are taking health disparities among infants of color and their mothers more seriously with a summit focusing on improving both pre- and postnatal outcomes. The summit will take place from Oct. 14-16 in D’lberville, Mississippi.

The Grammy award winning singer and songwriter recently joined ICTC as its national spokeswoman after training to be a doula. She is also an advocate of natural childbirth and breastfeeding for healthy babies.

The summit is an action and solution-oriented leadership development event designed to reduce health disparities, improve breastfeeding rates, and build capacity in the Southeast region of the United States to support women and infants. ICTC annually convenes African-American and other midwives and doulas of color in order to increase the number of women and babies who have access to pre-and postnatal healthcare.

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