Improving Health Outcomes for Black Mothers and Babies
The Black Maternal Health Initiative, a collaborative effort designed to address stark maternal health disparities in Fairfield County, aims to improve health outcomes for Black mothers and babies by enhancing the birthing experience so they can have the best opportunity for a joyful birth.
The initiative will:
- Focus on promoting the expansion of doula care for Black mothers to achieve equity
- Strengthen the local birthing workforce by training and hiring more doulas
- Advocate for health systems and legislative changes that promote birth equity by centering care on the needs of Black mothers
- Activate community-based support networks
- Educate the community on maternal health disparities and effective strategies for addressing these disparities
- Highlight the ongoing efforts of community partners striving for birth equity and systemic change
With your help, we can advance maternal health equity in Fairfield County and ensure that every Black woman and newborn child can lead a healthy life.
The Black Maternal Health Initiative aims to eliminate systemic racism and implicit bias embedded in the healthcare system that leads to disparate outcomes for Black women in Fairfield County.
The initiative promotes dignity, trust, bodily autonomy, and relationship-based care for Black mothers by providing culturally competent support from doulas.
The program’s overarching goals are to improve maternal health outcomes for Black mothers and Black babies, strengthen the local birthing workforce by training, and hiring more doulas, and advocate for much-needed health system and legislative changes that will produce better maternal health outcomes.
Support the Black Maternal Health Initiative
Contributions to the Health Equity Fund help ensure every Black woman — and every Black newborn child — in Fairfield County can lead a healthy life.
Become a Sponsor
Contact us to learn how your organization can support this work as a corporate sponsor. Email Rebecca Mandell, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at RMandell@FCCFoundation.org or call 203-750-3200.