Our mission is to confront maternal health inequities by advancing the availability, affordability, and accessibility of multilingual health information and community-based, peer-to-peer support throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

We envision a world where women and birthing people are empowered and supported to successfully navigate the healthcare system and make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

Systems Thinking. People-Centered.

Disparities of healthcare in world-class medical facilities are failures that cannot be tackled without acknowledging  and addressing their intersectional systemic and institutional drivers. Not only do we need to deconstruct those drivers, but we also want to mitigate their harm immediately.

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of migrants do not know how to navigate the health system
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of pregnant asylum-seekers do not access antenatal care
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of migrants do not know their rights to access care

Health Inequities

Migrant women in western European countries have double the risk of dying during or after pregnancy compared with host women, with a higher risk of dying from direct rather than indirect causes, which suggests a possible link with obstetric care.  

There are also disparities in the type of experience birthing people have in the delivery room, which can have long-term consequences on both mental and physical health. For example, in Germany, perceived discrimination is related to a higher risk of preterm birth among Turkish immigrant women.

Evidence-Based Solutions

Our programs are designed around the research of public health experts and lived experiences of community members alike which consistently reinforces the need for culturally-congruent care that involves migrants and their communities in health system planning and development as well as facilitating interaction between patients and practitioners through skilled interpreters and health system navigators.

Maternity Peer Supporters (sometimes referred to as “doulas”) are an evidence-based solution that help alleviate some of the risk factors that contribute to poor maternal & child health outcomes. Doula-supported women are four times less likely to have a low birth weight baby , two times less likely to experience a birth complication involving themselves or their baby, and even experience near-universal breastfeeding initiation.

Terminology Used on the EBM Site

Empowered Birth Movement is an intersectional feminist organization and we recognize and respect that not everyone who gives birth identifies as a woman or a mother. We aim to use gender-inclusive language that places trans, non-binary, and gender-fluid parents alongside cis women in their capacity to become pregnant, give birth, and feed their children... Continue Reading.