|Health Factors:||Family & Social Support|
|Decision Makers:||Community Members Nonprofit Leaders Public Health Professionals & Advocates|
|Population Reach:||10-19% of WI's population|
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The Birthing Project SisterFriends is a volunteer effort that provides one-on-one support and education to women of color, by women of color. Volunteer SisterFriends provide advice, education, and support to a pregnant teenager or woman during pregnancy and for one year after birth (BP USA).
There is insufficient evidence to determine whether the Birthing Project USA SisterFriends model improves birth outcomes for participating women. Available evidence suggests that the program may be associated with small positive effects on birthweight among infants of black mothers (Maddox-Whitehead 2008). However, study is limited and additional evidence is needed to confirm effects.
As of July 2013, there were 107 Birthing Projects across the world (BP USA), funded by a variety of organizations. For example, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports the New Orleans Birthing Project (BP USA).