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The California Black Infant Health (BIH) Program aims to improve health among Black mothers and babies by empowering pregnant and mothering Black women to make healthy choices for a brighter future.

Who We Serve

The BIH Program focuses exclusively on empowering Black/African American women by connecting them with the vital care and support needed to promote healthy behaviors during pregnancy and continuing after her baby is born.

Black Maternal Health & Birth Statistics

Black babies have higher rates of infant mortality, low birth weight, and prematurity than any other ethnic group.

One in every seven Black infants in California is born too soon and too small.

Black babies are more than twice as likely as White babies to die before their first birthdays.

Black women at all income levels and social statuses experience worse birth outcomes.

Black women are much more likely than White women to die of pregnancy related complications.

Learn More and Enroll

Services are provided in communities where over 90% of Black births occur. Locate your nearest BIH program to learn more or enroll today!

COVID-19 & Pregnancy

  • Guidance for Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    It is especially important for pregnant people, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19. Read more
  • Covid-19 Vaccination during Pregnancy
    Pregnant and lactating people may receive any of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines to protect them.
    Read more
  • Caring for your newborn if you have COVID-19
    Current evidence suggests that the chance of a newborn getting COVID-19 from their birth parent is low, especially when the parent takes steps (such as wearing a mask and washing hands) to prevent spread before and during care of the newborn.
    Read more

Sistahs Speak

Dr. Joni Ricks-Oddie shares her birth story in our Sistahs Speak video series

Upcoming Events

Latest Past Events

You’re Invited! Juneteenth Block Party

Ayala Park 17909 Marygold Ave, Bloomington

Come join us for music, food, community resources, and fun as we celebrate the day of freedom for African Americans. Click the flyer below to register for the event.

Join Us for the Women’s Health Expo 2024

Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach

Join us as we celebrate Women Turning Strength Into Purpose. The KJLH Women’s Health Expo is coming and Black Infant Health is leading the charge!

  • When I started BIH I was in a lonely place. The best things for me about BIH are the love they give, the respect, the listening, and the ability to help me with social development because I didn’t know anyone here in Fresno. That was truly helpful.

    Program Participant

  • I loved the weekly group meetings with the other moms. I wish it was longer.

    Program Participant

  • What I liked best about the BIH program was the fact that I got to connect with others and feel free to be open about certain topics.

    Program Participant

  • All the women who run the program have such great energy. It feels good to be around people who are so supportive and resourceful.

    Program Participant

  • BIH gave me a brand new perspective on being a first time mom and that it’s ok to make mistakes.

    Program Participant

    BIH is funded by the California Department of Public Health's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program with support from local health jurisdictions administering the programs as well as other public and private agencies.

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