The Prison Birth Project is lead by directors of each team.
Students pick which team they would like to join based on their interests, skills, and future goals:
Community Outreach & Activism
Michigan currently does not have anti-shackling laws for pregnant moms unless they are in active labor. The community outreach and activism team looks at local prison policy directives and works on introducing new laws in Michigan with other advocate organizations. They also work to spread awareness throughout the community by distributing educational materials, writing articles, and gaining community support.
This team is for the doulas in the organization, or those looking to become certified trained. Members of the group help other doulas stay up to date with new information that can help doulas be better birth assistants. This team organizes resources for the group that expands on birth techniques, labor positions, essential oils, massage, doula kit items, postpartum support, and pain-reduction tips. This is also a space for those who are not doulas yet to gather information before becoming trained birth doulas. One task of this organization is to create educational materials that can be shared with incarcerated mothers about how to have the healthiest prenatal experience.
Public Relations and Marketing
Since PBP is a new student organization, they are working to build networks in the Ann Arbor and University of Michigan community. This team manages the social media accounts and keeps everyone up to date with events that are happening on campus. They also design education materials, communicate with local buisnesses, respond to emails, maintain the Prison Birth Project website information, and design/create Prison Birth Project logos and merchandise.
During the academic year, the fundraising team is involved with planning fundraising events to raise money to support the student organization. They plan one large event which takes place at the beginning fall term, as well as many other small events throughout the year. They focus on securing large donations, networking with businesses, and putting on large fundraising events.
The event planning team helps work out the logistics of events, including workshops, recruitment opportunities, mass informational sessions, bi-weekly student org meetings, fundraisers, and large symposiums. They work with other teams to make sure they have what they need to be successful, and think of innovative ways to be present on campus. Members of this team are great at planning food, finding venues, communicating with other student organizations, and planning ahead.
The grant writing team will focus on applying for campus-wide and student organization grants. If you have ever wanted to build you grant writing skills or learn how the grant application process works, this team will be perfect for you. This group will be focused on research, networking with donors, and ensuring the sustainability of the Prison Birth Project.