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This is Us

We are mothers, sisters, community members, and justice advocates working to make the world a better place. We partner with BIPOC-led organizations that already serve our target population in order to provide families with direct services.

 

Staff & Board of Directors

Direct Service Partners

Community Partners

Equity Before Birth (EBB) is pioneering an innovative approach to fill critical gaps and bring pre-existing silos together to wrap individual Black families in support. Keep reading to learn more about what makes us unique.

​EBB is a 501(c)(3) designated public charity. All donations are tax-deductible.

 

Our Vision

We Envision a World where all people have the same chance for a healthy and happy transition into parenthood, while all babies have the opportunity to thrive. 


We Choose to be a part of the Change.  

Our Mission

Saving the lives of Black and Brown birthing people by increasing access to critical services and support.

 

Why Another Non-Profit?

Equity Before Birth centers Black families and provides support to eliminate financial barriers they may experience while seeking pregnancy-related care. 

 

We empower families by giving direct cash assistance to promote autonomy, and we sustain Black birth workers and educators by paying market rates for their services. 

 

Our dual focus on economic empowerment and racial equity in the maternal health sector sets us apart. We carry out our mission through Sponsorship, Partnership, and Fundraising.   

 

Sponsorships wrap Black birthing people in support and paid parental leave to increase the chances of survival. This gives mothers and babies the opportunity to take care of their physical and mental health while not simultaneously sinking into poverty because their workplace does not provide this benefit. When we remove financial barriers during this crucial period, the mental and physical health of the mother and baby are improved, potentially preventing generations from the impact of trauma. 

 

Partnerships are how we administer any professional services. Too often, large organizations do not partner with grassroots organizations that are already doing amazing work in our communities. Resources are divided, and often the organizations run by people with lived experiences are left to flounder. Additionally, these organizations are expected to donate their services to time and resource-intensive activities. We are committed to partnering with Black-led community-based organizations and paying equitably for their services.  We do not want to divide any resources going towards the same goal. We will be better together.

 

Fundraising. We cannot do any of this great work without intensive fundraising. All of our individual donations are used to support families.

A full sponsorship of $10,000 would allow us to help a family obtain a holistic birth experience with a midwife, doula and home birth preparation. Donating $50 would help cover gas/transportation to visit infants in the NICU, donating $100 would help cover the cost of diapers for a month, donating $3,000 would cover the cost of a doula. Every dollar and every donation makes a difference.

What does this look like in action?

 
 

We center Black families to eliminate financial barriers that families may experience when seeking pregnancy related support. We support families, through sponsorship, in 3 ways:

  • Provide a cohort of working families (up to 12 per year) who do not receive paid leave from their employers with paid leave opportunities

  • Cover the cost of perinatal services and education (therapy, doula services, transportation and education)

  • Provide direct cash assistance for baby needs (including feeding supplies and pregnancy related items) 
     

Prenatal & Labor and Delivery Support:

  • Supplemental income for medically required bed rest up to one month**

  • Transportation to visits and appointments 

  • Perinatal Education Classes (Includes: Childbirth Education classes, Newborn Mommy & Me classes, or Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding classes)

  • Access to therapist

  • Doula services- prenatal, delivery, and postpartum services

 

Postpartum Support:

  • Supplemental income for up to 3 months for postpartum recovery **

  • Access to therapist

  • Feeding support

  • Essential baby items (diapers, crib, car seat, etc. as needed)

  • Postpartum doula services

  • Transportation to visits and appointments

 

Essential Family Items

Items might include:

  • Crib, Mattress, and Linens

  • Carseat & Stroller 

  • Basic clothing 

  • Bottles, Pacifier, and other feeding supplies

  • Diapers & wipes 

  • Prenatal vitamins for pregnancy and nursing

 

 

** Supplemental Income: EBB will select up to 12 families per year to receive supplemental income without paid leave from their employer.  Interested birthing people must complete a separate application and assessment to be considered for this opportunity.

Visit our YouTube channel to learn more about what we do
Access FAQs about our sponsorships
Have additional questions? Please send us a message at contactus@equitybeforebirth.com 

How You Can Help

Are you looking for a way to help? The #1 way to help right now is to donate to our organization. We are a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible. 100% of individual donations go directly to the families we serve and our BIPOC service providers.

Here are some ways you can help us fundraise!

 

  • Individual donations via our website, Paypal, and check

  • Monthly donations (these are crucial for sustaining our work!)

  • Amazon Smile

  • Facebook Fundraisers

  • Non-event based fundraising

  • Angel Donations (large unrestricted donations)

  • Workplace Giving

  • Donation Drives for new, unused baby & pregnancy related items

 

Example Donation Amounts to fund program activities

  • $10,000 - Provide a birthing parent with a holistic home birth experience

  • $6,000 - Provide paid maternity leave opportunity to a working birthing parent

  • $3,000 - Provide a birth doula to a birthing parent and infant

  • $300 - Providing a birthing parent with a breast pump or other feeding supplies

  • $100 - Provide a family with a 1 month's supply of diapers and wipes

  • $50 - the cost of transportation to and from a NICU visit

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