EQUAL ACCESS MIDWIFERY CLINIC
A new building in Ferguson has been donated to Jamaa Birth Village (A 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit) to host St. Louis's first Equal Access Midwifery Clinic with expanded and comprehensive care, providing expectant women and families with prenatal and postpartum care at any phase of pregnancy.
Phase 1 of "Jamaa's New Home" capital campaign, the community came together to meet and exceed the goal of raising 60k in 60 days to match a 125k donation made by two-Ferguson physicians, (the owners of the building) to purchase the medical office facility at 40 N. Florissant Rd for the Equal Access Midwifery Clinic.
Phase 2, the community gathered together again to assist contractors and our architect team in renovating our new building to meet the requirements for our Midwifery clinic.
Phase 3, the final phase consisting of renovation completion and our big campaign finale. The launching of our victory "Adopt A Room" campaign will take place from May 29th-June 6th to raise additional funds needed to furnish and equip Jamaa's new Midwifery clinic. All donations are tax deductible and in-kind volunteer hours are much needed!
What to Expect:
Jamaa's Equal Access Midwifery Clinic will implement an unique community based Midwifery Model of Care, the first of its kind in the state of Missouri. Our clinic located in Ferguson, Mo. will serve the STL Metro area with a focus on low-resource and low-income communities. Our clinic Midwives will work in combination with Doulas, mental & holistic health therapists and social support providers to lower & eventually eliminate disparities by providing care for women of color by culturally competent Midwives & providers of color in a community-based setting.
Jamaa's Equal Access Midwifery Care Model of care integrates high quality prenatal and postnatal care, birth services and support, as well as educational and social support services into marginalized communities, providing care to women and their families, regardless of their choice of delivery site or practitioner, or the ability to pay.
Black women in the St. Louis metro area in comparison to their white counterparts are receiving little to no prenatal care resulting in premature births, low-birth weight babies and infant mortality in increasing rates. Jamaa's Equal Access Midwifery Clinic will improve:
Prematurity rates & newborn birth weight
Positive birth experiences and outcomes
Access, early detection and treatment of mental Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD's)
Access to affordable chronic & toxic stress relief care services (Massage & Chiropractic care)
Cost benefit analysis for providers, hospitals and families-less cost associated with birth due to the positive impact on lowering prematurity, lessening the need for expensive NICU stays
Client provider relationships & continuity of care
Overall quality of life for black expecting and postpartum families served
St. Louis is experiencing a Maternal-Infant health crisis and Jamaa Birth Village has created a proven solution. More Midwives and Doulas of Color and increased access to care in non-traditional settings. "Jamaa's New Home" has been partially donated by a physician group and with your help we can complete phase 3; furnishing and equipping our new space and open by Joe 19th, 2020!
Our Adopt A Room campaign launches on May 29th at 9am cst. Check back for details!
We need your help bringing awareness to our cause and the positive impacts we're making in our city!
Cannon Design Firm and a local contracting team has provided in-kind support and architectural expertise in designing our Midwifery clinic. Many community supporters have assisted us in renovations by donating supplies and time. We're now calling on all community supporters to team up with your friends, family members and job leadership to assist with the final phase of furnishing/equipping Jamaa's New Home. Join in!
"To provide affordable access to midwives, doula's and childbirth education for at-risk women in the St. Louis region in an effort to lower premature births and infant mortality through a network of health professionals and peers."
Reaching our campaign goal will create a long-term debt-free solution and permanent Midwifery and Pregnancy resource village for St. Louis's expectant families, which will have a positive generational impact .
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