"It takes a village to raise a child," the African proverb states, and activation of that village begins before birth. In an effort to support healthy and joyous births for Black mommies, families and babies, we’re offering a FREE downloadable “Activating the Village” guide full of tips and resources for each of the trimesters comprising the prenatal period and the first three months after the baby is born (the “fourth trimester”).

 

We strongly believe that healthy and joyous births do not happen alone. They require an entire community of support—that means not just family and friends, but also neighbors, healthcare workers, educators, and colleagues. Everyone who influences the environment in which children are born and raised can contribute to and support the next generation being healthy, safe and happy.

 

Please use this guide to create and engage your own Village, and to provide as a resource for anyone who may need it. We also encourage you to share the link to the guide on your social media channels using #WeAreTheVillage. Together, we can work toward equity in birthing outcomes for all.

 

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First Trimester Weeks 1-13

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Second Trimester Weeks 14-27

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Third Trimester Weeks 28-40

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Fourth Trimester - 90 days after birth

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All Trimesters

Tips for every trimester

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