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Birthing Project SisterFriends

Health Factors: Family & Social Support
Decision Makers: Community Members Nonprofit Leaders Public Health Professionals & Advocates
Evidence Rating: Insufficient Evidence
Population Reach: 1-9% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: Likely to decrease disparities

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Description

The Birthing Project SisterFriends is volunteer effort that builds one-on-one supportive relationships between pregnant women of color and other women of color in the community. Modeled on the extended family, volunteers (i.e., SisterFriends) provide advice, education, and emotional and social support to participating mothers, who may be teens or adults, 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 SisterFriends model improves birth outcomes for participating women. Available evidence suggests that the program may be associated with small positive effects on birth weight among infants of black mothers (Maddox-Whitehead 2008). However, additional evidence is needed to confirm effects.

Implementation

United States

As of December 2017, 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).

Wisconsin

The Racine-Kenosha Birthing Project supports pregnant mothers and their babies (BP-Racine).

Implementation Resources

BP USA - Birthing Project USA. "The underground railroad for new life." Accessed on December 11, 2017

Citations - Description

BP USA - Birthing Project USA. "The underground railroad for new life." Accessed on December 11, 2017

Citations - Evidence

Maddox-Whitehead 2008 - Maddox-Whitehead LQ. Birthing project - Nashville. Nashville: Metro Public Health Department, Nashville/Davidson County; 2008. Accessed on December 11, 2017

Citations - Implementation

BP USA - Birthing Project USA. "The underground railroad for new life." Accessed on December 11, 2017
BP-Racine - Professional Women's Network for Service, INC. Racine-Kenosha Birthing Project (BP-Racine). Accessed on December 11, 2017

Page Last Updated

December 8, 2017