Black Maternal & Infant Health
Black Women for Wellness works to address health disparities in order to improve the overall health status and wellbeing of Black mothers and babies.
The Black Maternal and Infant Health program utilizes policy and program development to call attention to the staggering rate of Black maternal and infant mortality in Los Angeles County.
“Blaming Black mothers, then, is a way of subjugating the Black race as a whole. At the same time, devaluing motherhood is particularly damaging to Black women ... regulating Black women’s reproductive decisions had been a central aspect of racial oppression in America.”
Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
Black Women for Wellness advocates for systemic change that acknowledges the impact of racism on health outcomes to ensure that Black mothers and babies are able to thrive. This is also accomplished by increasing accessible, appropriate, and affordable health care.
The basis of our work is centered around these initiatives:
To provide every mother with the information she needs to have a safe and healthy pregnancy, birth experience, and postpartum period
To promote emotional and mental wellbeing throughout the perinatal experience via pregnancy support groups throughout Los Angeles
To directly address the impact of racism on health outcomes and hold providers accountable
BWW’s Black Maternal and Infant Health Program is a Kindred Partner of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and The Los Angeles County African American Infant & Maternal Mortality Community Action Team steering committee.
Healthy Lifestyle Cookbook and Guide for Mommy and Baby
Black Women for Wellness understands the importance of reclaiming our kitchens as a space where our families can experience health and wellness.
This cookbook serves as a tool to assist your family as you explore new foods for your baby that will support their growth and development.
We've included recipes to support mamas in the fourth trimester through motherhood. Your body deserves to be restored and empowered.
Celebrating Black Maternal Health Week 2022
Watch as women with chronic health conditions share their stories and answer questions about their pregnancy journey.
Birthing While Black While Movie
Black Women for Wellness is creating a documentary on how the birthing process affects Black women and babies.
Help us make this a reality through a contribution of your time, funds or both!
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Our experts at Bankrate created a guide that provides personal experiences about how difficult it can be to obtain a mortgage while on maternity leave, discusses the history of lending inequality and how to avoid lending discrimination.
HIV & STI Services at Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC)
Black Women for Wellness Podcast
IJS (I's Just Sayin) 2 Black women w/ opinions Podcast
- Podcast Ep. #14 - Interview with Davion Maudlin of Los Angeles County Perinatal Equity Initiative Program Coordinator of Fatherhood Programs.