The Perinatal Equity Initiatives of Riverside and San Bernardino County are hosting a 2-day summit to advance the health equity and quality of life for Black/ African American families in […]
- 08:00 am- 12:30 pm
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.
The BIH Program focuses exclusively on empowering Black and 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 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.
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.
I loved the weekly group meetings with the other moms. I wish it was longer.
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.
All the women who run the program have such great energy. It feels good to be around people who are so supportive and resourceful.
BIH gave me a brand new perspective on being a first time mom and that it’s ok to make mistakes.