Perinatal and Breastfeeding Resources for African American Parents, Families and Communities

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Minnesota Resources

Healthy Black Pregnancies

African American families and communities will claim our cultural heritage so that our babies will thrive, excel and lead us into the future. https://www.healthyblackpregnancies.org/

African American Babies Coalition (AABC)

The African American Babies Coalition (AABC) is a group of African American community stakeholders which include educators, nonprofit and civic leaders, researchers, childcare providers, parents and grandparents and public health professionals, from across the Twin Cities who are committed to promoting the healthy development of African American babies.

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Parkway N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Phone: (800) 550-7195
http://www.africanamericanbabies.org/
sameerah@africanamericanbabies.org

Chosen Vessels Midwifery Services

Chosen Vessels provides unique, female-centered and culturally relevant lactation support and wellness services for women.

Chocolate Milk Club
https://www.facebook.com/groups/chocolatemilkclub/

Dr. LaVonne Moore, DNP, CNM, CNP, IBCLC, ICEA
Founder and CEO
P.O. Box 580112
Minneapolis, MN 55458–0012
Phone: (612) 850–0016
Fax: (612) 287–9242
https://www.chosenvesselsmidwiferyservices.com/

Ahavah Birthworks

Ahavah provides culturally congruent:

  • Doula support (birth/postpartum) including home visits
  • Mental health support (ARMHS)

Clara Sharp
Executive Director
1007 W. Broadway Ave
55412 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Phone: (763) 516-6148
https://www.facebook.com/ahavahbirthworksorg/

Roots Community Birth Center

Roots Community Birth Center offers individualized and comprehensive prenatal care, water birth, natural birth, VBAC, extensive postpartum care, and a doula internship program.
1901 44th Avenue N
Minneapolis, MN 55412
Phone: (612) 338-2784
Fax: (651) 383-4135
www.rootsbirthcenter.com

Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo

The mission of the Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo is to connect local families with empowering, multicultural resources and education that promote healthy birth and parenting and to celebrate the transformative experience of becoming parents

560 Concordia Ave
55403 Saint Paul, Minnesota
Phone: (832) 779-3976

D.I.V.A. Moms (Dynamic Involved Valued African American Moms)

Minnesota Community Care, St. Paul

D.I.V.A. Moms is an African-American led program designed especially for pregnant and postpartum U.S. born African American moms.

Phone: (651) 202-1116
https://www.facebook.com/pg/DivaMom2018

Integrated Care for High Risk Pregnancy (ICHRP)

ICHRP is an initiative created to serve African American Women who are pregnant and need immediate assistance to improve access to high-quality culturally responsive and coordinated prenatal and postpartum care. 

NorthPoint Health & Wellness center, Inc.
1315 Penn Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phone: (612) 767-9500
Email: ICHRP@Northpointc.org

Black Lotus Mother/Ubuntu Minneapolis, LLC

Black Lotus Mothers provides a safe (online and in-person) space for Black wombmen to discuss their unique motherhood experiences and gather to receive non-judgmental emotional, spiritual and physical support from their peers and other community members. As Black Lotus Mothers, we take the pledge to fill our cups first to ensure that what we pour out into our seeds, our families and communities is positive and healthy. This is truly what the revolution is about.
http://blacklotusmothers.org/ubuntu-minneapolis/

Club Dad

A monthly community support program designed for fathers, sponsored by Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health in partnership with UJAMAA Place.
Stevenson_morgan@ujamaaplace.org
William.moore@ramseycounty.us

Minnesota WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Support Program

Peer counselors are mothers with personal experience breastfeeding their own infants. They are trained in the management of normal breastfeeding and in client-centered counseling skills. Peers strive to help each mother reach her personal breastfeeding goals. Peer counselors are recruited from the communities they serve and often speak the same language. They have similar life circumstances and experiences as their clients. Peers connect mother-to-mother with their clients and are a trusted source of information and support.

To contact the Minnesota State WIC Office call:
(800) 657-3942 or
(651) 201-4444
https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/wic/index.html

NATIONAL RESOURCES

ROSE: Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere

ROSE was founded to address breastfeeding disparities for communities of color. ROSE works to normalize breastfeeding by providing resources and networking opportunities for individuals and communities. As a national expert, and in partnership with communities, we build equity in maternal and child health through culturally competent training, education, advocacy, and support.

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Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association

BMBFA’s mission is to reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding support for black families. BMBFA’s objective is to provide education, valuable resources and ongoing support to black families and public/private agencies that service these families.

BMBFA

Do you have updated information on one of these organizations? Know about a resource that’s not on this list? Please contact mnbreastfeedingcoalition@gmail.com

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