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Featured Titles

  • At mama's knee : mothers and race in black and white

    At mama's knee : mothers and race in black and white

    Ryan, April, 1967-
  • Birth without fear

    Birth without fear

    Harshe, January
  • Black women's mental health : balancing strength and vulnerability

    Black women's mental health : balancing strength and vulnerability

  • Black, pregnant, and loving it : the comprehensive pregnancy guide for today's woman of color

    Black, pregnant, and loving it : the comprehensive pregnancy guide for today's woman of color

    Allen-Campbell, Yvette
  • Body & soul : the Black women's guide to physical health and emotional well-being

    Body & soul : the Black women's guide to physical health and emotional well-being

  • Creating compassionate kids : essential conversations to have with young children

    Creating compassionate kids : essential conversations to have with young children

    Tominey, Shauna
  • Debunking the bump : what the data really say about pregnancy's 165 biggest risks and myths

    Debunking the bump : what the data really say about pregnancy's 165 biggest risks and myths

    Adler, Daphne
  • Expecting better : how to fight the pregnancy establishment with facts

    Expecting better : how to fight the pregnancy establishment with facts

    Oster, Emily
  • Getting paid while taking time : the women's movement and the development of paid family leave policy

    Getting paid while taking time : the women's movement and the development of paid family leave policy

    Sholar, Megan Anne
  • How to prepare for home birth : the joy of having babies at home for health and well-being

    How to prepare for home birth : the joy of having babies at home for health and well-being

    Silbernagel, Shantel
  • Ina May's guide to childbirth

    Ina May's guide to childbirth

    Gaskin, Ina May.
  • It sucked and then I cried : how I had a baby, a breakdown, and a much needed margarita

    It sucked and then I cried : how I had a baby, a breakdown, and a much needed margarita

    Armstrong, Heather B.
  • Killing the black body : race, reproduction, and the meaning of liberty

    Killing the black body : race, reproduction, and the meaning of liberty

    Roberts, Dorothy E., 1956-
  • Mama glow : a guide to your fabulous abundant pregnancy

    Mama glow : a guide to your fabulous abundant pregnancy

    Thomas, Latham, 1980-
  • Motherhood so white : a memoir of race, gender, and parenting in America

    Motherhood so white : a memoir of race, gender, and parenting in America

    Austin, Nefertiti
  • Mothering the new mother : women's feelings and needs after childbirth : a support and resource guid

    Mothering the new mother : women's feelings and needs after childbirth : a support and resource guid

    Placksin, Sally
  • My Brown Baby : on the joys and challenges of raising African American children

    My Brown Baby : on the joys and challenges of raising African American children

    Millner, Denene
  • Pregnancy blues : what every women needs to know about depression during pregnancy

    Pregnancy blues : what every women needs to know about depression during pregnancy

    Misri, Shaila
  • Reproductive injustice : racism, pregnancy, and premature birth

    Reproductive injustice : racism, pregnancy, and premature birth

    Davis, Dána-Ain
  • The first forty days : the essential art of nourishing the new mother

    The first forty days : the essential art of nourishing the new mother

    Ou, Heng
  • The fourth trimester companion : how to take care of your body, mind, and family as you welcome your

    The fourth trimester companion : how to take care of your body, mind, and family as you welcome your

    Gabriel, Cynthia
  • The good mother myth : redefining motherhood to fit reality

    The good mother myth : redefining motherhood to fit reality

  • The many faces of home birth : 25 honest, firsthand accounts from parents around the world

    The many faces of home birth : 25 honest, firsthand accounts from parents around the world

    Silbernagel, Shantel
  • The Mocha manual to a fabulous pregnancy

    The Mocha manual to a fabulous pregnancy

    Seals-Allers, Kimberly.
  • The new dad's playbook : gearing up for the biggest game of your life

    The new dad's playbook : gearing up for the biggest game of your life

    Watson, Benjamin, 1980 December 18-
  • The pregnancy & postpartum anxiety workbook : practical skills to help you overcome anxiety, worry,

    The pregnancy & postpartum anxiety workbook : practical skills to help you overcome anxiety, worry,

    Wiegartz, Pamela S.
  • The pregnancy primer : the expectant mother's guide to all 9 months

    The pregnancy primer : the expectant mother's guide to all 9 months

    Pellowski, Melanie J.
  • The unapologetic guide to Black mental health : navigate an unequal system, learn tools for emotiona

    The unapologetic guide to Black mental health : navigate an unequal system, learn tools for emotiona

    Walker, Rheeda
  • The women who caught the babies : a story of African American midwives

    The women who caught the babies : a story of African American midwives

    Greenfield, Eloise
  • Understanding your moods when you're expecting : emotions, mental health, and happiness-before, duri

    Understanding your moods when you're expecting : emotions, mental health, and happiness-before, duri

    Puryear, Lucy J.
  • Unfinished business : paid family leave in California and the future of U.S. work-family policy

    Unfinished business : paid family leave in California and the future of U.S. work-family policy

    Milkman, Ruth
  • What no one tells you : a guide to your emotions from pregnancy to motherhood

    What no one tells you : a guide to your emotions from pregnancy to motherhood

    Sacks, Alexandra
  • When you're expecting twins, triplets, or quads : proven guidelines for a healthy multiple pregnancy

    When you're expecting twins, triplets, or quads : proven guidelines for a healthy multiple pregnancy

    Luke, Barbara

Resources

The Black Maternal Health Week campaign, founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, is a week of awareness, activism, and community building intended to amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions with a focus on maternal health, birth, and reproductive justice in the United States. Along with March Of Dimes, Los Angeles Public Library is providing programming, books, and community resources to uplift Black mothers and their families.


African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Prevention Initiative (AAIMM)

AAIMM is a coalition of the L.A. County Health Agency (Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, and Department of Health Services), First 5 L.A., community organizations, mental and health care providers, funders, and community members united to address the unacceptably high rates of Black infant and maternal deaths in Los Angeles County. The coalition has Community Action Teams throughout Los Angeles County as well as a community doula program for Black birthing families.

UCLA Maternal Mental Health Program

A progam at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA with two types of treatment programs: Partial Hospitalization Program and Maternal Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program. Women can take part in these programs from their second and third trimesters of pregnancy through one year postpartum.

My Care App

This is Maternal Mental Health NOW’s Emotional Wellness Self-Help Tool for helping those who want to become pregnant, are pregnant, and those who just welcomed a baby understand and manage perinatal depression and anxiety.

Los Angeles County Maternal Mental Health Directory

Lets individuals find help for mental health concerns during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Association of Black Women Physicians

An organized network of African-American women physicians committed to the improvement of public health and welfare, through the advancement of knowledge concerning women and the community health.

Black Women for Wellness

A multi-generational, community-based organization committed to the well-being of Black women and girls by building healthy communities through health education, empowerment, and advocacy.

California Black Women’s Health Project

A project that recognizes the importance of uplifting the voices of Black mothers and families and supporting Black Birth Workers on the frontlines serving our community. Committed to advocating for policies that address implicit racial bias and expand opportunities for Black Birth workers to meet the needs of Black women, babies, and families.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Provides technical assistance, trainings, and capacity building for grassroots organizations, maternity care service providers (e.g. clinicians, midwives, doula networks, and community health workers), academia, and the public health industry.

The Frontline Doulas Hotline

A respectful "warm line" that allows Black pregnant and postpartum individuals throughout California to connect to a community doula for a free 50-minute emotional support phone call or text.

BreastfeedLA

Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of infants and families through education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding. BreastfeedLA has extensive resources for parents, health professionals, hospitals, and employers and a number of programs and resources to improve the landscape of breast/chestfeeding support for communities of color.

Irth App

Irth app helps Black and brown women and birthing people have a more safe and empowered pregnancy and parenting experience by allowing users to see how other parents of color experienced care at a doctor or hospital.

March of Dimes

A national organization fighting for the health of all moms and babies. The organization supports moms throughout their pregnancy, educates medical professionals and the public on best practices, conducts lifesaving research, advocates for policies that prioritize the health of moms and babies, and provides comfort and support to families in the NICU.

L.A. County Black Infant Health Program

Within a culturally affirming environment and honoring the unique history of African American women, the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program uses a group-based approach with complementary client-centered case management to help women develop life skills, learn strategies for reducing stress, and build social support. BIH serves African-American women who are 18 years or older and up to 30 weeks pregnant at the time of enrollment. Black Infant Health has program locations in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Antelope Valley.

LA County MAMA’s Neighborhood

A mother-centered prenatal care and health coordination program for women receiving prenatal care with the L.A. County Department of Health Services (DHS). Offers a variety of services including affordable health care, individualized care coordination, prenatal classes, breastfeeding consultations, hospital tours, and more.

CinnaMoms

A program of PHFE WIC. Hosts support circles in Los Angeles, Crenshaw, Inglewood, South Bay, Bellflower, and Pomona areas. Their mission is to create a cultural space that promotes empowerment and self-transformation for African American women to come together to share and advocate for breastfeeding, parenting, and health for the entire life course.

Kaiser Permanente’s Postpartum Depression Resources

Kaiser Permanente has information on the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression as well as various treatment options.

Safe & Sacred Pregnancy: Black Mamas Glowing Through COVID-19

This series is for pregnant and birthing people residing or working in Los Angeles County. Participants can register independently or with a support person. Mental health professionals are welcome as support to the birthing person only. Each series of Safe & Sacred Pregnancy consists of four meetings. All meeting times are from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. and will take place on Zoom.

Taking Care of Mama Support Groups

A virtual opportunity for pregnant and new moms to connect and gain support during these challenging times. All are welcome at no cost.

iDREAM for Racial Health Equity

Addresses racial and ethnic disparities in African American health and examines critical solutions to the infant mortality crisis in Los Angeles County. iDream is a leadership, training, and advocacy development network dedicated to equipping a pipeline of stakeholders to address the complex health issues facing African American families. iDREAM seeks to empower the next generation of leaders about the disparities in healthy birth outcomes.

Soul Food for Your Baby

This community program aims to increase breastfeeding rates in the African American community by providing classes, support groups, and community resources.

Kindred Space L.A.

A hub for midwifery care, doula support, lactation consulting, education, support groups, enrichment, meditation, and movement.

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