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Birthing Beautiful Communities
About Us
Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC) is a village of birth workers or doulas who primarily provide social support to pregnant women at highest risk for infant mortality during the perinatal period. Our mission is to address and improve the systemic and community structures that lead to poor birth outcomes by executing a multi-layered, holistic method which creates workforce and social opportunity for local women. The birth workers are highly trained and skilled in various areas, including labor support, stress management, emotional support, breastfeeding and contraception education. Our trained birth workers address the basic, grassroots issues of infant mortality, such as, isolation, instability, deficient education, underdeveloped parenting skills, risky behavior and lifestyle choices, and poor nutrition. BBC functions and serves the purpose of providing real time learning opportunities that will increase the understanding of how and why the social determinants of health affect unborn children, and what resources are available or need to be created, in order to increase the likelihood of infant survival at one year and beyond. In addition to the current services and training that BBC provides, it is part of our vision to develop an emergency shelter facility to address chronic homelessness of pregnant women, and open a birthing center in the City of Cleveland, that will provide expecting mothers with culturally sensitive birthing options.
We Participate Because
Our vision is to afford women and families from economically depressed neighborhoods, an opportunity to increase their personal and family wealth, by improving access to higher wages, while simultaneously providing continuous support to pregnant women in need within a single community. Founded in 2014, BBC has operated as a grassroots organization with trained volunteer doulas. To date, BBC has served over 150 women and families, providing over 1,000 services. The initial outcomes show no infant deaths. Infant mortality rates are highest in communities of color. The focus of BBC are the social determinants of health and real-life circumstances that at-risk mothers face, making them vulnerable to infant death.  The core of our organization is social cohesion. Communities of color have indigenous ties to community interconnectedness. The lack of social cohesion/capital is strongly linked to higher infant mortality rates amongst African Americans in the United States.