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Charity Howard

Grantmaking Executive Assistant


Charity (she/her) found her way into Reproductive Justice after the traumatic birth of her son. She found herself falling victim to implicit biases and micro aggressions while hospitalized for several weeks, after a very complicated delivery. She turned to social media, Facebook specifically, for support. Facebook is where she found her passion for advocacy and educated herself on lactation practices, guidelines, found training programs and later co-found Chocolate Milk Mommies, a lactation support group for Black families in Alabama. From lactation, she saw a natural progression in her career, leading her to become a Full Spectrum Doula (trained by Birthing Advocacy) and a student midwife. Before joining Groundswell, Charity served as the Reproductive Justice Organizer for the Unitarian Universalist Association and helped to open Alabama’s first (Black Owned) birth center. She has served on several panels and boards, and with many organizations across the South, such as The Alabama Birth Coalition (as Vice President), The MAMA Collaborative (another project she co-found), The Cohill Foundation, The Alabama Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and the Alabama Midwives Alliance. Charity spends her time as a guest lecturer, offering teachings at universities and fellowship programs across the country on Foundational Midwifery, Biological Weathering, and Improving Racial Health Disparities. Charity’s most coveted role is being a rockstar wife and momma to 5 tiny humans and her ball python, Jack.