Better Together: Support Services for African-American Moms and Families During and After Pregnancy

During Pregnancy

Here is a list of community resources and support services available for African-American women and families during pregnancy. If we’re missing a valuable resource, or you find a broken link, please let us know at contact@LABestBabies.org.

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An online prenatal and postpartum doula directory maintained by Black Women Birthing Justice, a group working to improve birthing experiences for Black/African-American women.

A program that provides group support sessions and case management to African-American women 18 years or older and up to 30 weeks pregnant at the time of enrollment.

BreastfeedLA provides families with resources to get informed, empowered, and educated about breastfeeding, including a resource directory with information on breastfeeding education services, perinatal support groups, pump rentals, one-on-one lactation counseling, and breastfeeding-friendly medical providers; information on local milk depots – milk collection sites for donated breast milk; breastfeeding brochures and factsheets, including information on breastfeeding and lactation rights.

A doula care program that provides free prenatal and postpartum visits, continual labor, birth, and immediate postpartum lactation support.

Open to all Black/African American women/birthing persons living or delivering in most parts of Los Angeles County.

Self-described as “an uplifting generation of community doulas on the frontline of birth in the black community co-creating and reclaiming family-centered narratives for generations to come.” Provides free prenatal and postpartum visits, continual labor, birth, and immediate postpartum lactation support.

Open to all Black/African American birthing persons living or delivering in Los Angeles.

Community-based doula program that provides childbirth education, doula support and postpartum care for low- to moderate-income families.

Visit their website to learn about the additional health education and support services available.

An online directory that helps families find free in-home support during and after pregnancy. Some programs continue to provide service up to the child’s 5th birthday.

Paired with a trained professional, in the comfort of their home or in another preferred meeting spot, moms and dads get tips on having a healthy pregnancy and caring for a newborn, plus support with breastfeeding, developmental screenings for the child, and connections to helpful resources in the community

Provides midwifery care, doula support, lactation consulting, support groups for mothers and fathers and educational workshops, including prenatal classes on breastfeeding.

Provides a range of classes and services for people trying to conceive, expecting/pregnant families, new parents, and those who have experienced pregnancy loss or pregnancy termination. All classes and services are LGBTQ-friendly.

Their services for expecting families and those with newborns include doula referrals, coaching services, and a variety of educational classes that cover topics like baby care basics, baby massage, life-saving techniques, and infant feeding.

The center provides free workshops and healing and preventive health care services, including fatherhood/parenting workshops, prenatal classes and breastfeeding classes.

An online resource directory to help moms find help in L.A. County for depression and other mental health concerns during pregnancy and after giving birth.

Mobile and Texting Apps

All of these guide pregnant women through pregnancy milestones, provide health information, and help track the baby’s growth and their own body changes. Additional features are listed next to each one. Unless otherwise noted, these apps are available free in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

  • Emotional Wellness Self-Help Tool
    Provides basic education about the transition to motherhood and the emotional changes that often occur during pregnancy and the period following delivery.
  • BabyCenter (App Store | Google Play)
    This app can help guide pregnant women through pregnancy milestones, provide health information, and help track the baby’s growth and their own body changes. The BabyCenter app (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play) turns into a daily parenting guide once baby arrives, with tips on caring for the newborn – and themselves. See babycenter.com for information designed just for Black and biracial parents.
  • my baby. by Dignity Health (App Store | Google Play)
    Helps pregnant women find a doctor, schedule a birth center tour and prenatal classes, and connect to services like nurse support.
  • Peanut (App Store | Google Play)
    Helps pregnant women meet, chat and learn from other women who are also on the journey of pregnancy and motherhood.
  • Sprout Pregnancy (App Store | Google Play)
    Checklists and tools to help pregnant families prepare for the arrival of the baby, plus a weight tracker, kick counter and a contraction timer.
  • The Bump (App Store | Google Play)
    Articles on pregnancy and parenting, plus a planner to help prepare for each doctor visit.
  • Text4Baby (App Store | Google Play)
    An app and text messaging service that helps expecting and new parents get essential health, nutrition, safety, and baby development information. Text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 to start receiving texts.
  • What to Expect (App Store | Google Play)
    Popular pregnancy app includes weekly videos and guides to important tests/screenings and useful baby products.
  • WebMD Pregnancy (App Store)
    Lots of health information, plus a section specifically for dads/partners. (iOS devices only).

A wearable device that communicates soothing, daily messages for each day of an expecting mother’s pregnancy progression, with a goal of serving as pregnancy support and a companion. Along with general audio content available for all English speakers, Respect Black Beginnings is culturally specific audio content tailored for African-American families.

Tribe Midwifery provides a variety of services using the midwifery model of care, including women’s health care services, such as Pap smears, pelvic and breast exams, STD screenings, and blood work; family planning services; prenatal care; midwifery childbirth support; childbirth education classes; postpartum care visits

Services are available to women in the Los Angeles area for a fee, but complimentary consultations are available.


Other categories: After Pregnancy | Breastfeeding | Fatherhood | Family Planning | Support Groups | Parenting | Directories for Various Services | Social Media & Podcasts Download the PDF version of this guide

Disclaimer: LA Best Babies Network provides this content as a service to the community. Listing a community resource/support service here does not necessarily imply endorsement. Please contact the organizations directly for more information on any of these programs.