Black Maternal Health Week

Today is the beginning of Black Maternal Health Week all across the country.  As an agency, CHSofNJ has worked for decades in maternal-child health services and continues to establish partnerships and collaborations at a local and state level to increase access to needed services for the BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) we serve.  Our mission to save children’s lives and build healthy families is reflected in the many programs that aim to reduce health disparities among women, some of which are listed below and are currently providing services to women of childbearing age, pregnant women, and women in their post-partum period.

Services at CHSofNJ:

(* primarily serving Spanish-speaking immigrant women)

·         *AMAR Community Based Doula Program*

·         Birth Parents and Pregnancy Services

·         Body and Soul Prenatal Health Education and Support Group (Trenton/Mercer County)

·         Central Intake of Ocean and Monmouth

·         *CUNA Prenatal Health Education and Support Group Program*

·         Early Head Start Maternal Child Health Expansion

·         Early Childhood Specialist Initiative of Ocean and Monmouth

·         Healthy Women Healthy Families of Ocean and Monmouth

·         *La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group*

·         Mercer County Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

·         Pregnancy Testing (Trenton)

·         Safer Childbirth Cities Initiative of Trenton

As we acknowledge this important week, I encourage you to find creative and educational ways to increase awareness among the populations you serve. Further, I encourage you to identify ways to amplify our voices in support of the needs of Black women (and their families) and create opportunities for cross collaborations with organizations that share a similar vision to reduce health disparities and maternal and child mortality rates in New Jersey. Together we can make a difference.

Additional Resources and Information:

·         Working Together to Reduce Black Maternal Mortality

·         A Proclamation on Black Maternal Health Week, 2022

·         Murphy proposes $33M boost in funding for maternal and infant health (Our very own clinical consultant, Dr. Julie Blumenfeld was quoted in this article.)