Why Another Non-Profit?
Equity Before Birth is a nonprofit tackling birth inequity through an unprecedented approach of Sponsorship, Partnership, and Fundraising.
Everyone should have the opportunity to survive but Black infants are two times more likely to die before the age of 1 than white infants -- 3 times more likely in our local community. Black birthing people are 3-4 times more likely to die from preventable complications than their white counterparts. Sponsorship wraps 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 barriers during this crucial period, such as financial insecurity, 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 the grassroots organizations who are already doing amazing work in our communities. Resources are divided and those organizations ran by people from the community we are serving, 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 the services they provide.
Finally, Fundraising. We cannot do any of this great work without intensive fundraising. A full sponsorship costs approximately $10,000. Help us reach our goals! Donate $50 to cover gas/transportation to a prenatal appointment, donate $100 to provide supplemental income for missed work during appointments, donate $1,200 to cover the cost of a doula, or if you are feeling especially adventurous, donate the full $10,000 to sponsor a birthing person and infant.