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 birthing people are empowered and supported to make informed decisions for themselves and their families, successfully navigate the healthcare system, and bridge the cultural and linguistic gap between healthcare institutions and people from a migrant background.
Systems Thinking. People-Centered.
To create new paradigms around maternal health, it is critical to apply an intersectional lens. Disparities of healthcare in world-class medical facilities are failures that cannot be tackled without acknowledging and addressing their systemic and institutional drivers. Not only do we need to breakdown those drivers, but we also want to mitigate their harm immediately.
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 is a 60% higher rate of maternal mortality among women of “non-western” origin in Europe.
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.
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 birthing people 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.