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      ABOUT US

Our Mission

The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation is a grassroots community organization.  We are dedicated to actively working towards eliminating health care disparities in black infant and maternal health through advocacy, education, community engagement, research, collaboration, and direct clinical support.

Our Vision

We envision a societal shift embracing health equity and cultural humility; Where black women have the tools, resources, and support needed to reach their goals and have healthy outcomes for both themselves and their infants; where health disparities for black mothers and infants no longer exists

We envision a societal shift embracing health equity and cultural humility; Where black women have the tools, resources, and support needed to reach their goals and have healthy outcomes for both themselves and their infants; where health disparities for black mothers and infants no longer exists

HerStory

The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation was developed when a need was discovered while working in the for profit sector.  Nastassia Davis founded Latch Breastfeeding and Lactation Services in 2016. Through this private practice she discovered there were many women of color who were seeking support, but could not pay for services for a variety of different reasons.  This resulted in an inability to address their concerns and alleviate their fears. Issues were left unresolved and personal goals unmet.  The discovered unmet need lead to the development of Sistahs Who Breastfed  (SWB).  SWB is a mom-to-mom support group specifically designed to support the unique needs of woman of color and is free to the community.  I listened to women share their personal experiences and struggles in a safe space.  Over time women began to open up and share stories about hospital readmissions, unsupportive and uncaring medical staff, and mistreatment.  They shared stories of  personal infant loss or a close relative with a loss. I quickly realized the issues black women face are much deeper than just breastfeeding.  More needed to be done. Perinatal Health Equity Foundation was birthed to address the numerous disparities and health inequities among women and infants of color, specifically among black women.    We will be the base of support to hold women up until they felt empowered enough to hold themselves up.

Our Founder

The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation was developed when a need was discovered while working in the for profit sector.  Nastassia Davis founded Latch Breastfeeding and Lactation Services in 2016. Through this private practice she discovered there were many women of color who were seeking support, but could not pay for services for a variety of different reasons.  This resulted in an inability to address a mothers concerns and her personal goals unmet.  The discovered unmet need lead to the development of Sistahs Who Breastfed  (SWB).  SWB is a mom-to-mom support group specifically designed to support the unique needs of woman of color and is free to the community.  Through listen to the women share their personal journeys and struggles, Nastassia realized the issues black women face are much deeper than just breastfeeding.  More needed to be done. Perinatal Health Equity Foundation was started to address the numerous disparities and health inequities among women and infants of color, specifically in among black women.