Birthing Project SisterFriends

The Birthing Project SisterFriends is volunteer effort that builds one-on-one supportive relationships between pregnant women of color and other women of color in the community. Modeled on the extended family, volunteers (i.e., SisterFriends) provide advice, education, and emotional and social support to participating mothers, who may be teens or adults, during pregnancy and for one year after birth (BP USA).

Expected Beneficial Outcomes (Rated)

  • Improved birth outcomes

Evidence of Effectiveness

There is insufficient evidence to determine whether the Birthing Project SisterFriends model improves birth outcomes for participating women. Available evidence suggests that the program may be associated with small positive effects on birthweight among infants of black mothers (Maddox-Whitehead 2008). However, additional evidence is needed to confirm effects.

Impact on Disparities

Likely to decrease disparities

Implementation Examples

As of December 2017, there were 107 Birthing Projects across the world (BP USA), funded by a variety of organizations. For example, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports the New Orleans Birthing Project (BP USA).

Implementation Resources

BP USA - Birthing Project USA. 'The underground railroad for new life.'

Citations - Evidence

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Maddox-Whitehead 2008 - Maddox-Whitehead LQ. Birthing project - Nashville. Nashville: Metro Public Health Department, Nashville/Davidson County; 2008.

Citations - Implementation Examples

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BP USA - Birthing Project USA. 'The underground railroad for new life.'

Date Last Updated

Dec 8, 2017