Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network
625 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
The Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, Inc. (BPPN) is a not-for-profit organization that has been in operation for over 30 years. The overall mission of the organization is to coordinate and collaborate with key stakeholders in Erie County/City of Buffalo, to increase access to and utilization of preconception, prenatal, perinatal and postpartum health care services in the community. The agency and its programs work within the community to help identify problems of adequacy, acceptability and accessibility in the delivery of these services, especially to those who are in high-need; to seek support for implementation of programs/services that help attain the agency mission; promote coordination between service providers who serve similar consumers/clients; and to provide informational and educational activities for providers and consumers, to help enable improved birth outcomes for the targeted population.
The programs operated by BPPN focus on improving maternal and infant health outcomes for high need women and their families, to help reduce racial and ethnic disparities in those outcomes and support and nurture parents.
BPPN serves over 25 zip codes in high-risk, low-income neighborhoods on the East and West side of Buffalo, as well as, South Buffalo, Lackawanna and Cheektowaga. Our target populations are African-American and Hispanic women since they demonstrate the highest rates of low birth weight infants and infant mortality.
Programs operated by Buffalo Prenatal include a New York State Department of Health Maternal Infant Community Health Collaborative (MICHC), a Healthy Families New York Program (also known as the Buffalo Home Visiting Program) and the Nurturing Fathers Program.
Jericho Road - The Priscilla Project
233 West Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY 14213
Additional information on the Priscilla Project is available in our brochure.
The Priscilla Project works to achieve healthy birth outcomes by empowering socially isolated, at-risk women as they go through the process of pregnancy, labor, and delivery in the United States. Volunteer mentors and on-staff doulas work with refugee and immigrant women, as well as native-born American women to reach a healthy birth weight for their babies (5.5 lbs or larger) and have a full-term pregnancy.
Women in the program receive education in their own language and develop a birth plan with a doula. Doulas are able to advocate for clients based on their individual wishes. Priscilla Project clients also attend mentor/mentee events, where they learn about other services available to them in Buffalo.
Services provided by the Priscilla Project:
- Assessment by a community health worker
- Education on prenatal nutrition and baby care, doula services, and birth plan development in native language
- Referrals to donations centers for clothing and baby supplies
- Social outings and support events
- Opportunity to be matched with a volunteer mentor
- Opportunity to be enrolled in Parents as Teachers program, which provides support up to age 2
- In-house interpretation services
- Breastfeeding support and weekly Baby Café
Jericho Road - Baby Café
Anyone is welcome to attend Baby Café on any day, but language support is available for specific languages on the days listed below. If a woman would like support from the Baby Café and speaks a language not listed below, additional language support can be arranged.
Baby Café is held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the following days:
Mondays - Nepali
Tuesdays - Swahili, Kinyarwanda, French, Lingala, and Kirundi
Thursdays - Burmese and Karen
Fridays - Somali