Black Maternal Health Organizations

Advocacy and Education

  • Black Women Do Breastfeed: Educate, support and advocate breastfeeding in Black communities. Join their Facebook group for online support, resources, and community
  • Breastfeed Durham contact: Chair of the Black Maternal Health Committee, Andora Pyatt.
  • MAAME (Mobilizing African American Mothers through Empowerment) contact: Maya Jackson. MAAME provides birth and postpartum support, breastfeeding education, classes, and supplies on a sliding scale. Needs are determined by completing an intake form. 
  • Black Breastfeeding 360: A blog run by Kimberly Sears Allers with a resource library and articles archive on breastfeeding and parenting geared toward Black families.

Breastfeeding support

Community Support

  • Networking: Durham Mocha Moms: Co-President Taryn Beachler and Ca’Lecia Fleming, A support network for moms in Durham and the Triangle
  • Parenting Classes: Classes are offered by Welcome Baby, located at the Durham County Cooperative Extension. Contact the coordinator, Patience Mukelabai, (919) 560-7392, for info. All parents are welcome. Welcome Baby offer parenting support/parenting classes ages for 0-5 year , clothing closet for maternity clothing and kid’s clothes and gear, and car seat safety sessions. They host a monthly La Leche League Meeting (peer-to-peer breastfeeding support) with at least one Leader of color at every meeting (meetings have moved online).
  • Spirit House
  • Village of Wisdom

Doulas

  • Birth and Beyond, LLC: Briana  Smith is a Birth & Postpartum Doula, Sibling & Family Doula, Childbirth & Early Parenting Educator, and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. 919-239-1613
  • Durham Volunteer Doulas:  Ana Gomeez provide doula care at no cost to pregnant individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford doula services. We support individuals who are eligible for programs like presumptive Medicaid, Medicaid, or WIC based on their family income and those experiencing other barriers to care.
  •  Birthing While Black Fund., Melanie Patrick, (919) 864-8361, Mothers of color fund to support mothers with doula; lactation support after birth.
  • June Eric-Udorie is an independent Durham birth doula. Doula services are prioritized for free for low-income, people of color (POC), differently abled individuals, single-parent, and LGBTQ+ families.
  • Sankofa Birth & Women’s Care PLLC: 1412 Hudson Ave, Durham, North Carolina 27705, (919) 299-3050Services: Waterbirth, Placenta Encapsulation, Belly Binding and Well Woman Care
  • Start of Life, Andora Pyatt Pyatt, 984-208-6034 Prenatal, Virtual & Postpartum Support, affordable doula services for underserved communities
  • Suckle in owned by Keya Brevard Durham Doula and Community Support 
  • Triangle Doulas of Color, Ste’Kira Shepperson , 540-267-5400, Pre & postpartum support

Prenatal/Postpartum Mental Health

National Advocacy Organizations: 

EFT Tapping & breastfeeding: