To improve pregnancy and birth outcomes for communities of color in central Texas by providing education and support.
Mama Sana Vibrant Woman offers monthly wellness clinics for its pregnant participants and women-identified community members. The monthly free clinic includes: check-up or wellness consultations by Certified Professional Midwives, homeopathy providers, and group services such as yoga or meditation classes and group acupuncture. During these visits, self-identified women are able to ask questions and raise concerns, learn and practice self-care, and receive emotional support-- needs which are often overlooked in traditional healthcare environments.
Impact StatementTravis County continues to be characterized by stark disparities between racial groups in reproductive health as well as quality of life. According to a recent study in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and Black mothers are affected disproportionately. Additionally, according to CDC data, the mortality rates among African-American and Latino infants are higher than the average for the state of Texas and in the U.S. as a whole. To address these disparities, MSVW facilitates access to culturally appropriate, quality, prenatal and postnatal care for people of color.
Needs StatementFunds will be used to support the following programming: Pregnancy & Birth Circles Program, Childbirth Preparation Classes, Monthly Community Wellness Clinics, Birth Companion (Doula) Trainings, and Birth Companion (Doula) support for low-income families of color.
-A donation of $20 will cover transportation assistance for 1 participant to attend program activities.
-A donation of $50 will cover one hour of on-site children's activities so participants can fully engage in program activities.
-A donation of $100 will cover basic baby provisions for 2 postpartum families.
-A donation of $500 will provide yoga instruction or nutritious meals for participants during 8 groups (one series) of the Pregnancy and Birth Circles Program.
-A donation of $1,000 will provide birth companion (doula) support for one person during and after pregnancy.
St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2018 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.
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