Help increase access to community birth options & support
According to the CDC and Massachusetts Health Department:
Racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related deaths have persisted over time.
Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women.
Black babies are more than twice as likely as white babies to die before their first birthday.
One in five Black babies are born premature or too small.
These statistics don’t improve with higher social economic or education status
These statistics place the United States the worst among all developed nations in terms of maternal mortality. A combination of institutional racism in society, weathering of the body as a result of consistent stress from racism, provider bias, and judgment, as well as black women’s increased susceptibility to certain health conditions contribute to the high statistics. Most of these maternal deaths and complications are almost entirely preventable.
This is unacceptable. It is our mission to combat and reduce racial disparities in Black maternal-infant health. Our practice empathize evidence-based and culturally centered care that has been proven to reduce these disparities. We are committed to providing you the education, support and compassionate care you deserve that is a right to all pregnant women, not only those who have access to premium care. We strive for you to have the best pregnancy, birth, postpartum outcome possible.
Understanding the need for more birth workers that reflect our community, we also mentor and educate Black birth workers to increase the numbers of providers who share the same cultural experiences as the families they serve. Having more Black health care professionals to care for Black patients is one known effective way to improve racial disparities in America.
EveryoneDeserves a Midwife
Access to birth prep and postpartum support and your gift makes all the difference!
In this time of global pandemic and financial crisis, the need for access to midwifery care, birth preparation, and new parent support is greater than ever. Since the start of COVID-19, Roots Midwifery has and continues to receive an influx of inquiries. COVID-19 has also exacerbated existing fears of Black women and people of color (BIPOC) that they will not be listened to and may die while giving birth in a hospital. There are also fears of contracting Coronavirus and being separated from their babies. Some have turned to free-birthing or birthing alone, without a qualified healthcare provider because they cannot access or cannot afford a home birth midwife. Some enter into hospital care settings unprepared about their rights surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. And some new parents are left without additional support to care for themselves or their newborn. This is unacceptable!
Our new families deserve better. Clients truly value the services we provide for the community. We feel that every birthing person should have access to this type of care and that money should not be a barrier between them a homebirth, classes or the caring support they need.
The Roots Gives Fund will help increase access to out-of-hospital birth options, by supplementing the cost of midwifery care, birth prep education, or postpartum wellness for those who are facing financial difficulties. Funds may also be used to compensate doulas assisting clients who will birth at local hospitals.
We ask that you make these services a possibility for a family that otherwise couldn’t afford it by making a one-time gift or becoming a monthly donor to sustain Root’s impact on advocacy and birth equity in Boston and surrounding areas.
Donations can be made via the Donate Now button below. The more you give the more families we can serve! We thank you!
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Roots Midwifery LLC services greater Boston and surrounding areas including: Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Milton, Brockton, Randolph, Stoughton, Quincy, Norwood, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, East Boston, Andover, Sharon, Attleboro, Fall River, & Natick.
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