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DETROIT – Pregnant women in Detroit face many challenges, such as access to quality prenatal care, social isolation and stress that can put babies at a higher risk of being born too small or too early.

“Sister Friends Detroit” aims to connect mothers-to-be with programs and resources to help them thrive.

Mentors volunteer with the program to help mothers through their pregnancies until their baby’s first birthday. A plan is developed to assist the mothers in having a healthy pregnancy and healthy first year post-pregnancy.

The mentors help the mothers find everything from breastfeeding and teething resources to transportation services through a partnership the organization has with Lyft.

Mothers make a profile and are matched with the mentors.