The high rate of death for black infants showcases the virulent brutality of institutional racism. Recent data collected by the US government has found that black babies are twice as likely to die as white babies. And, according to reporting done by ProPublica in 2017, black mothers are 243 percent more likely to die of pregnancy or childbirth-related causes than white women.
Cleveland ranks sixth in philanthropic giving and is home to the first community foundation in the nation. We look at the city's rich charitable history and the challenges it faces in the future. Friday, November 30, 2018 Share this Story: "Doing good is about collectivism," says Christin Farmer.
CLEVELAND - A group of African-American women are working to improve infant mortality rates in their community. Christian Farmer runs Birthing Beautiful Communities. Farmer addresses the problem with a new approach, rooted in old traditions. "It is very important to have black midwives caring for black women," said Farmer.
As the founder of Birthing Beautiful Communities, Farmer is bringing doulas to mothers in need. Why She's Interesting: Farmer is on the front lines of Cleveland's fight against infant mortality, particularly in the African-American community. In 2014, she founded a nonprofit that provides free doula care to help mothers through the birthing process.
CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Christin Farmer knew she wanted to help women have babies at 16, when she watched an episode of TLC's "A Baby Story" and saw a midwife with a birthing center delivering babies. "I remember it was so nice, the care the mothers received," she says.
It was a busy year for Samantha Pierce. In 2009, she was a leader at a nonprofit, a wife and a mother. Pierce and her husband, Ron, were overjoyed when they learned of another addition to the hubbub of their lives - she was pregnant with twin boys.