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Birthing Project Sister Friends

Health Factors: Family & Social Support
Decision Makers: Community Members Nonprofit Leaders Public Health Professionals & Advocates
Evidence Rating: Insufficient Evidence
Population Reach: 10-19% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: Likely to decrease disparities

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Description

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).

Expected Beneficial Outcomes

Improved birth outcomes

Evidence of Effectiveness

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.

Implementation

United States

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).

Implementation Resources

BP USA - Birthing Project USA. "The underground railroad for new life." Accessed on November 30, 2015

Citations - Description

BP USA - Birthing Project USA. "The underground railroad for new life." Accessed on November 30, 2015

Citations - Evidence

Maddox-Whitehead 2008 - Maddox-Whitehead LQ. Birthing project - Nashville. Nashville: Metro Public Health Department, Nashville/Davidson County; 2008. Accessed on March 1, 2016

Citations - Implementation

BP USA - Birthing Project USA. "The underground railroad for new life." Accessed on November 30, 2015

Page Last Updated

February 12, 2016