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Birth By Us Wins $40K Prize To Help Black Women Have Better Maternal Health Outcomes

A maternal health platform geared toward Black mothers has received funding to drive progress in its sector. According to The Brown Daily Herald, Birth By Us, co-founded in 2021 by UC Berkeley alum Ijeoma Uche and MIT pre-med student Mercy Oladipo, obtained $40,000 in unrestricted funding due to being a recipient of the 2024 Westly Prize for Young Social Innovators. The award was created by The Westly Foundation, which provides “funding opportunities that advance education, improve healthcare access, and support the growth and well-being of our children,” its website mentions. Additionally, the fund amplifies the efforts of social innovators such as Uche and Oladipo. “I personally felt so supported in a way I haven’t felt in a very long time. It’s harder to get the funding it needs to progress as fast as other companies,” Uche told The Brown Daily Herald. Uche and Oladipo are now backed in their initial calling to ensure Black women can receive better maternal health outcomes as...

Samantha Dorisca

Jan 30, 2024

Licensed Midwife Faisa Farole Is Behind Washington’s First Black-Owned Birth Center

A new birthing center founded by a Black woman now resides in Federal Way, WA, a suburb of Seattle . The Seattle Times reports that licensed midwife Faisa Farole recently opened the doors of the Federal Way Birth Center to the community. The 3,000-square-foot facility was establish to assist Black families by reducing obstacles surrounding childbirth and improving outcomes in maternal health, Farole told the outlet.

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 8, 2023

This Founder Created Maternal Health Platform Wolomi So Black Mothers Will Have A Better Chance At Surviving Childbirth

Black women deserve to have a healthy and safe pregnancy journey. This is why Layo George started Wolomi, a maternal health platform that provides community and helps mothers explore the healthcare system.

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 14, 2022

Allyson Felix Joins Forces With Pampers To Advocate For Black Maternal Health

Allyson Felix is working to advocate for Black maternal health in a new partnership with Pampers, which will commit $250,000 towards the cause.

Samantha Dorisca

Jun 9, 2022

Why Jade Kearney Founded A Platform To Connect Black Women With Culturally Competent Healthcare Professionals

Jade Kearney is placing Black women at the forefront of mental health and wellness. As the CEO of She Matters, Kearney created the digital health platform to ensure Black women and women of color find the support they need. Kearney hopes to provide women the assistance she failed to receive following the birth of her daughter while working to complete her second master’s at New York University. “When I had postpartum, I was feeling the cultural norms of suffering in silence and I was invisible to the healthcare system. I experienced a lot of cultural stigma around mental illness and when it came to healthcare professionals or healthcare networks, I didn’t have any of them making the connection between what I had gone through physically while giving birth, which was preeclampsia and hemorrhage,” Kearney told AfroTech exclusively.

Samantha Dorisca

May 31, 2022

Carol's Daughter & The Mama Glow Foundation's Program Returns To Provide Doula Services During Black Birthing Process

Just in time for Black Maternal Health week, Carol’s Daughter will partner with the Mama Glow Foundation for the second year of its Love Delivered – an initiative launched by the renowned hair care company to provide more Black women with access to doula services. Per PR Newswire, the program is designed to serve as support to Black birthing people and babies before, during, and after birth. “As we celebrate Black Maternal Health Week, we center joy in the Black birthing experience,” said Mama Glow founder and CEO, Latham Thomas in an official press release.  “We celebrate the triumphs, our collective solutions, and our self-determination.  Birth is meant to be transcendent, and we all deserve to experience empowerment through birth. The doula grants made possible through the three-year $225,000 commitment from Carol’s Daughter, further the mission to support safe, healthy and joyful birth outcomes for Black families in need.”

Shanique Yates

Apr 15, 2022