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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. In 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. In phase 2, the community is gathering together again to match contacts and resources in an effort to partner with a reputable contracting firm and skilled community members in completing the necessary renovations for the proposed opening of the clinic in 2019. Phase 3 will consist of the grand opening and launching of Jamaa Birth Village's Equal Access Midwifery Clinic. All donations and in-kind volunteer hours are tax deductible!


What to Expect: Jamaa's Equal Access Midwifery Clinic will implement "The JJ Way®" & Centering Pregnancy© model of care to eliminate disparities by providing care for women of color by culturally competent Midwives & providers of color, while also working with allies to train more Midwives and birth workers in an effort to lower perinatal disparities. The JJ Way®  provides high quality prenatal and postnatal care, birth services and support, as well as educational and social support services to women, regardless of their choice of delivery site or practitioner, or the ability to pay. Centering Pregnancy© is group prenatal care bringing women due at the same time out of exam rooms and into a comfortable group setting. Research team finds Centering Pregnancy to reduce risk of preterm birth by more than a third and save more than $2 million.

  • CenteringPregnancy participation reduced the risk of premature birth by 36%

  • For every premature birth prevented, there was an average savings of $22,667

  • Centering reduced the risk of a NICU stay by 28%


Women in the promise zone 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:​

  • Access to culturally congruent care and providers

  • Decreased prematurity rates + increased birth weight

  • 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 and early detection of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders


Donate today or join our renovation team to make this a reality for St. Louis Families!

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 raise the remaining funds of $60,000 in 60 days to ensure every woman has a healthy pregnancy and birth. 

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We need your help bringing awareness to our cause and the positive impacts we're making in our city! 

Cannon Design Firm has teamed up with the Jamaa Birth Village team to develop state of the art renovation plans for the Midwifery clinic and now we're calling on reputable contracting teams and building specialist to formulate a building committee to begin renovations in February. If this is you,contact us to 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 . 

Generate Health 

"Jamaa Birth Village Honored during the Standing Up For Moms & Babies Award Ceremony with the Dr. Corine Walentik Award"

Missouri Foundation For Health

"Brittany "Tru" Kellman Honored with the 2018 Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership In Health Award" 

NPR St. Louis: 

"Ferguson's Tru Kellman Finds Her True Calling"


Riverfront Times:

"Ferguson's Jamaa Birth Village is Laboring to Cut Maternal Mortality Rates For Black Mothers"

"Jamaa Birth VillageCloses on New Home After Anonymous 40k Donation" 

Channel 5 News: 

"Tru Kellman is Turning Her Traumatic Birthing Experience Into A Life Saving Mission"

Generate Health:

"Jamaa Birth Village was honored with the Dr. Corinne Walentik Provider Champion Award"

Missouri Foundation for Health: 

Brittany “Tru” Kellman honored with the 2018 Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership in Health Award"


St. Louis American:

Founder of Jamaa Birth Village receives Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership in Health Award 

National Geographic: 

"American women are still dying at alarming rates while giving birth"

Washington Post:

"Black women are facing a childbirth mortality crisis. These doulas are trying to help"


NPR/St. Louis Public Radio:

"Ferguson Birth Village Offers Black Mothers A Safe Space, Trust And Support"


"This is not a new crisis': What's being done to save the lives of black mothers"

Channel 4 News: 

"Local doctor, midwife weigh in on ‘alarming’ number of pregnancy-related deaths"


abc More in Common Show:

Midwives Saving Black Lives

The Root

"Meet the Black Women Innovating for Better Black Maternal Health"

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