Support Black maternal healthcare in Central Texas
Support Black maternal healthcare in Central Texas.
Black women in the United States are 3 to 4 times more likely than women from other groups to die from pregnancy-related causes. African Americans also have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation (60%) and continuation at 6 months (28%) and 12 months (13%) compared with other ethnic groups. One in 3 Black women will experience one postpartum depression.
These statistics are shocking, but they can be improved with the kind of pregnancy support that used to be routinely available when families lived closer together. It has been shown that health outcomes improve for mothers and infants with the kind of continuous care before, during, and after birth that doulas offer. Support for breastfeeding also results in multiple benefits, from improved health and boosted immunity for infants to a lower risk of postpartum depression for women.
You can help Black women in Central Texas get the services they need by supporting Black Mamas ATX’s goal of attaining advanced certification for one of their certified Sister Doulas, Aphrica. The doula will complete training as a birth assistant and as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Support this project, and enjoy the satisfaction of helping women have healthier and happier births.