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

Parenting

Here is a list of parenting resources and support services available for African-American women and families. 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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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.

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.

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

National support and advocacy group working to help women of color as they journey through all phases of motherhood. Chapter activities include mothers’ support meetings, community service projects, moms’ night-outs, and kids’ socials.

Two chapters in LA County are in the Metro LA area and San Fernando Valley.

Mobile and Texting Apps

Unless otherwise noted, these apps are available free in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

  • BabyCenter (App Store | Google Play)
    Can help guide women through pregnancy milestones, provide health information, and help track the baby’s growth and their own body’s changes. It turns into a daily parenting guide once the baby arrives, with tips on caring for the newborn – and mom. See babycenter.com for information designed just for Black and biracial parents.
  • Bright by Text
    Tips and information from early childhood experts, tailored to your local area and baby’s age (up to 8 years old). Sign up to receive 2-5 messages per week by texting SOCAL to 274448.
  • CDC Milestone Tracker (App Store | Google Play)
    Helps make sure the baby’s development is on track, from 2 months to 5 years of age. Easy-to-use checklists, tips on healthy development, and advice on what to do if there are concerns.
  • Glow Baby (App Store | Google Play)
    Track baby’s feeding sessions, diaper changes, sleep schedule, milestones, and medications.
  • Peanut (App Store | Google Play)
    Helps pregnant women and those with newborns meet, chat and learn from other women who are also on the journey of pregnancy and motherhood.
  • Sprout Baby (App Store)
    Track baby’s feeding sessions, diaper changes, sleep schedule, milestones, and medications.
  • 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.
  • Vroom (App Store | Google Play)
    Science-based tips and tools to help turn everyday tasks into brain-building activities for baby.

Other categories: After Pregnancy | Breastfeeding | During Pregnancy | Fatherhood | Family Planning | Support Groups | 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.