Black babies in Detroit die at twice the rate of other babies in Michigan. Moms in Detroit face barriers to accessing quality prenatal care, social isolation, and stress that can put their babies at a higher risk of being born too small or too early.
Together, we can make a difference! SisterFriends Detroit is founded on the belief that:
SisterFriends is a volunteer effort to support healthier moms and babies. SisterFriends provides support to pregnant moms, and their families until their baby’s first birthday.
SisterFriends is not a program. Volunteer SisterFriends connect pregnant moms and families to existing programs and resources – and to each other. Many SisterFriend and Little Sister relationships continue well beyond baby’s first birthday. Once a SisterFriend always a SisterFriend!
SisterFriends Detroit is a part of the Birthing Project USA network. Created by Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, the Birthing Project model of providing volunteer SisterFriend mentors to pregnant moms is the only prenatal care access model created by a woman of color with women of color in mind. It is a grassroots community volunteer movement that helps moms access existing local services and grows community leaders. There are over 100 Birthing Projects in the United States and abroad.
SisterFriends Detroit is the first project created to serve an entire city. We aim to inspire a community led movement to create a circle of care for Detroit families and our future little Detroiters.