Cultural Humility and Families of Color
African-American babies are more than twice as likely as White babies to die before their first birthdays. Our mission is to help more babies make it to their first birthday by ensuring their mothers have healthy pregnancies. Our program is designed to empower women to make healthy life choices for themselves and their families by building on their strengths. We honor the unique history and traditions of African-American people by presenting information in a culturally affirming manner. From the space the groups are held in to the topics we discuss, everything is centered around the African-American woman and her needs.
Black Maternal Health Rights
BMMA Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. We center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance was sparked by a partnership project between the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective (SisterSong) that began in 2013. The two organizations collaborated on story collection on the obstacles that Southern Black women face in accessing maternal health care, leading to poor maternal health outcomes and persistent racial disparities. These findings were included in a joint report – “Reproductive Injustice: Gender and Racial Discrimination in U.S. Health Care” – submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
Shades of Blue Project: The Shades of Blue Project is dedicated to breaking cultural barriers in maternal mental health by raising awareness and ensuring action is being taken to break the stigma surrounding seeking treatment in the minority community when experiencing complications after childbirth.
Listening to Latina Mothers in California
California has a larger Latinx population than any other state. It is home to more than 7 million Latinas, and Latinas accounted for nearly 50 percent of births in California in 2015.6 In addition to guiding state-level policymaking and practice, the Listening to Mothers in California survey results have implications for better serving pregnant and parenting Latinas.
Adoptive Parents of Children of Color
Pact, An Adoption Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color. In every case, the child is always our primary client. In order to best serve children's needs, we provide not only adoptive placement but lifelong education, support, and community for adoptees and their families on issues of adoption and race. Their calendar of events has many webinars, educational workshops, and support groups specific for families who adopt children of color or parents of color who adopt.