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.
Peer-to-peer breastfeeding support: Text Jahmekya (573-397-1101) or Carlita (912-856-7948) from Durham La Leche League (LLL). LLL supports all breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and human milk feeding families, inclusive of their race, ethnicity, immigration status, national origin, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, primary language, ability, or socio-economic status.
Stephanie Crystal Whitaker self identify as a black woman, and is currently holding Wake County La Leche League meetings. The zoom link is consistent. Her plan is to hold three different meetings a month.
Networking: Durham Mocha Moms: Co-President Taryn Beachler and Ca’Lecia Fleming, A support network for moms in Durham and the Triangle
Equity Before Birth has a mssion to save the lives of Black birthing people and their infants and improve health outcomes by increasing access to critical services and support.
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).
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.