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Black Maternal and 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.

Black Women for Wellness Adinkra symbol for black maternal and infant health

Black Maternal and 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. 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 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. 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.

Baby sleeping on his mother's shoulder

“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

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.

Black While Birthing - The Documentary

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Black Women for Wellness is creating a documentary on how the birthing process affects Black women and babies.

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