Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association Awarded, “Health of Metropolitan Detroit Community” Grant

My experience has been amazing. I absolutely love having my doula. I gained a friend and I have a beautiful healthy daughter. Thank you so much. I hope I can have my same doula with my next kid. I love breastfeeding!

Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) is excited about its work towards national accreditation of its community-based doula program. Thanks to a recent grant from The Jewish Fund’s portfolio for the “Health of the Metropolitan Detroit Community”, BMBFA has received a 3-year award in the amount of $270,885. This support will help BMBFA to build greater fidelity to the HealthConnect One’s evidence-based, community-based doula model; therefore, improving the quality of service and outcomes for program participants.

Since its inception in 2007, BMBFA has been instrumental in reducing health inequities and racial disparities in black communities through direct service, education and advocacy aimed at optimizing the first food experience for black families. Staying true to the organization’s purpose, BMBFA began providing free community-based doula care in 2014. Community-based doulas provide expectant moms with the critical prenatal, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum support needed to ensure all babies are born healthy.

“My experience has been amazing. I absolutely love having my doula. I gained a friend and I have a beautiful healthy daughter. Thank you so much. I hope I can have my same doula with my next kid. I love breastfeeding!” Krystal Chattam, community-based doula participant.

Over the next three years, BMBFA will train more community-based doulas and expand services throughout the Detroit community. BMBFA’s next training class will begin in the fall of 2017. In early 2018, BMBFA will employ…

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