“If you are a Black woman, you could start prenatal care early, you could receive adequate prenatal care, you can have insurance, you could have numerous degrees, be financially well-off, you could be Serena Williams, and you can still die or come close to dying from a pregnancy-related cause.”
Lucinda's house exists to create environments where women of color feel safe, supported, and can become an active part in eliminating structural barriers to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
- The voices of Black women and other women of color will guide the initiative to improve maternal health outcomes.
- Black Women and other women of color identify the issues and develop their own solutions.
- We will create spaces where Black women and other women of color feel safe and supported.
- Black women and other women of color will be provided with the knowledge and resources needed to maintain their health and wellness.
- We will use community resources to address issues on an individual and structural level.
A place where we meet to support, educate, provide guidance, identify the issues, and develop our own solutions. We will have honest discussions about challenges we face that impact our health and wellbeing. We will talk about what we need to be healthy mentally and physically. The voices of women of color will guide this initiative.
Some of the possible topics include pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, preconception, infertility, pregnancy loss, depression.
If there is an issue that you would like to discuss at the Kitchen Table, please let us know.
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Maggie Grether·Features·November 27, 2023
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