Resources for Women of Color
Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM)
Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) features a virtual directory to connect you with mental health professionals online. The Black Virtual Therapist Directory's mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. We do this through healing justice based organizing, education, training, grantmaking, and advocacy.
Black Girl in Om Podcast
This podcast is a warm embrace, soothing realness, and conscious girl talk. Black Girl In Om exists to hold and heal black womxn and womxn of color around the world on their unique wellness journeys, mending us from the inside out. Come into conversation with our founder, Lauren Ash and wellness and Spirit-centered guests across various industries to talk all things self-care and self-love, spiritual awakening, intergenerational healing, and more.
Black Mamas Matter
Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. We center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice. We envision a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.
Black Moms Connect - Postpartum Support International
Every Tuesday 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
This group is for Black mothers who are seeking peer support during the perinatal period up to 2 years postpartum. Our online groups are here to help you connect with other moms, talk about your experience, and learn about helpful tools and resources. Whether you are going through stress, adjustment to parenting, baby blues, or pregnancy or postpartum depression/anxiety, our groups are here for you.
Buffalo’s Breastfeeding Sisters Peer Support Program
Contact 716-768-4758 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a Breastfeeding support program for African American women that reside in one of the following areas in Buffalo: 14208, 14209, 14211, 14213, 14215
Here women can feel comfortable discussing their concerns and questions. Also have myths debunked and receive evidenced based information. Our goal is to educate families to have a better understanding of breastfeeding, the importance, and its benefits.
The program includes all of the following services and gifts to all enrollees.
● A Hakah
● Breastmilk Storage bags
● Milk Savers
● A journal with a pen
● Fuzzy socks
● Carseat Canopy/Nursing Cover
● Storage Bin
Additionally, each enrollee will have ongoing support throughout the first 12 months of breastfeeding, in the form of a breastfeeding peer counselor, who will be available to them whenever they would like support.
Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network
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. 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. For more information on programs offered click here.
Durham Maternal Stress Free Zone: Virtual breastfeeding support for African American women in Buffalo's Ferry Corridor. To qualify women must be currently pregnant and planning to breastfeed, currently postpartum and breastfeeding, must identify as African American, and must live within the Ferry Corridor zip codes of 14208, 14209, 14211, 14213, 14215. More information here: facebook.com/1stmsfz/
Her Sacred Way, LLC
Her Sacred Way is a cultural wellness movement centered on the celebration of womanhood by fostering habits that empower black women and girls to comfortably be themselves during their various cycles from girlhood to womanhood. Focusing on birth, yoga, pre/postnatal yoga, kids yoga, and energy work.
Buffalo, NY 14213
M-F 10:00 am - 6:00pm Sat 10-1
H.E.R. Space Podcast
In a world where black women are often underrepresented and misunderstood, we need more safe spaces to just… be. Every Friday, join Dr. Dominique Broussard, a college professor and psychologist, and Terri Lomax, a techie and motivational speaker, as they initiate authentic conversations on everything from fibroids to fake friends.
If you’re a black woman or woman of color looking for an extra dose of inspiration on the go, pull up a seat and join us on the H.E.R. (Healing, Empowerment, Resilience) Space podcast. Episodes are published every Friday on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, and most platforms where podcasts are played.
We can’t wait to meet you, sis.
Loveland Therapy Fund
With the barriers affecting access to treatment by members of diverse ethnic and racial groups. Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy.
Mater Mea helps Black moms thrive in motherhood, life, and career. We share Black motherhood stories and have expert advice on everything from finding a midwife to handling microaggressions at work.
Melinated Moms is a MOM Profit™ – a community-centered women empowerment social enterprise supporting moms and women to become better versions of themselves through advocacy, education, awareness and entrepreneurship. We provide support for our community by creating opportunities for moms and women across the Melinated Spectrum to connect, engage and empower each other with the right support behind them.
Melinated MommyTalks | Every second Saturday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Come join us for our monthly sister support group where we will set goals and cultivate our community together!
Register at MMT2022.eventbrite.com
Priscilla Project/Jericho Road
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, delivery, and the postpartum period. Volunteer mentors, community health workers, and on-staff doulas work with mothers-to-be to reach a healthy birth weight for their babies (5.5 lbs or larger), have a full-term pregnancy, and encourage breastfeeding.
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
Perinatal and postpartum depression screening
Virtual Baby Café
Anyone is welcome to attend Baby Café on any day, but language support is available for specific languages at the days/times 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 on Zoom at the following times:
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Karen
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Burmese
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - English
Additional information on the Priscilla Project is available in our brochure.