Welcome to Black Infants and Families Los Angeles

 

Welcome to the landing place for the work of the Los Angles County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Initiative. We are a coalition of the LA County Health Agency (Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, and Department of Health Services), First 5 LA, community organizations, mental and health care providers, funders, and community members. We are united in one purpose: to address the unacceptably high rates of Black infant and maternal deaths in Los Angeles County.

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Black/African American babies in LA County are two to three times more likely to die before their first birthday than babies of other races.  

Black/African American women in LA County are four times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy and delivery/postpartum complications than women of other races.  

Harmful stress from the structural and social racism Black women face daily is at the root of the problem.

We believe we can stop this injustice by working together to ensure that Black women have access to healthy and joyous births.

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Quality health care delivered with respect and dignity

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Sister circles and prenatal groups providing encouragement and support

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Mommy visits at home 

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Connection to resources and programs

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Birthing coaches and advocates

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Laws that place power in the hands of families and address unfair treatment

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Birth plans with the mom's wishes at the center

blog-icon.png IN THE NEWS

LAC DPH Announces $1 Million Investment in Doula Care for African American Women.

Pilot Seeks to Help Address the High Rates of African American Infant and Maternal Deaths in Los Angeles County...

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California Birth Equity Conference - March of Dimes

Join us for a day of learning, collaboration and action to achieve birth equity for Black families...

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Be a Part of the change

Sign up to join our efforts to end black infant and maternal deaths in Los Angeles County. Everyone has a part to play.

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Every mother and every child deserve a healthy and joyous birth…let’s work together to end the injustice of Black infant and maternal deaths in the County.

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