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MELANIN AND MATERNAL WELLNESS

... because it takes village.

ADVOCACY / EQUITY / CARE

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OUR

Core Values

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Eban

VILLAGE

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Nkonsonkonson

FAMILY

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Asase Ye Duru

BIRTH JUSTICE

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Mpatapo

HEALING

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Sankofa

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

MISSION

Our mission is to improve birth outcomes and decrease health disparities in Black maternal and infant health, by providing culturally congruent perinatal doula services, lactation support services, childbirth education, advocacy and linkage to community-aligned resources that support maternal wellness.

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Africa to America

Somewhere in the African past,

before the guns, before the shackles,

before the kidnappings of story-tellers and sky-readers, musicians, dancers, doctors, sculptors, teachers, planters, hunters, historians, mothers, fathers and children, before all that, there were women who caught the babies and guided them into the world, with gentle, loving hands.

THE WOMAN WHO CAUGHT THE BABIES

BY: ELOISE GREENFIELD

MELANIN AND MATERNAL WELLNESS

"Laboring with 

light and love. Asé"

Our Sister's Keeper

Deep gratitude to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Theta Kappa Omega Chapterfor the distinctive honor of partnering with M&MW and Beautiful Womb facilitate “Our Sister’s Keeper!”  We thank you for your continued leadership, and exemplary service to mankind. We are especially grateful for you dedicating your MLK Day of Service to the life saving efforts of advocacy for Black Maternal Health… “We” are OUR SISTER’S KEEPER!! 💞✊🏾

You Look So Much Better When You SMILE

First, a huge “thank you” to the KinderSmile Foundation for partnering with Melanin and Maternal Wellness, Greater Mount Zion CDC, and the Trenton Housing Authority to provide this essential information and resources! Oral health is also important for perinatal health. 

Did you know that perinatal oral health is essential to black maternal health? It's true! Taking care of oral health during pregnancy and after childbirth plays a crucial role in overall well-being.

 

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can lead to an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay. This not only affects the mother's oral health but can also have a negative impact on the baby's health. Studies have shown that poor oral health during pregnancy is associated with preterm birth and low birth weight. Furthermore, after giving birth, new mothers often experience changes in their oral health due to factors like breastfeeding, stress, and changes in oral hygiene habits. It's important for these mothers to prioritize their oral health to pre vent any potential complications.By spreading awareness about perinatal oral health, we can empower black mothers to take control of their oral health journey. Regular dental check-ups, proper oral hygiene practices, and a healthy diet are all key elements in maintaining good oral health during this critical period.

Let's promote perinatal oral health as an integral part of black maternal health. Together, we can ensure a healthy smile for both mothers and their little ones! 

#PerinatalOralHealth #BlackMaternalHealth #HealthySmiles

#bwb

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TAYLOR A.

"Having Crystal as a doula in one word would be refreshing. Crystal was my shoulder to cry on, my textbook for all of my questions, and most importantly my comfort zone. Having a doula is your personal birth partner, your doula supports you and makes you feel safe, they help you succeed in your birth experience without judgment, they give you guidance and reassurance. Crystal was everything you expect your doula to be and more. More than anything Crystal has become a friend and a mentor. Crystal was there for my pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum care. I could not be more grateful for her genuine love."

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