Eliminating Health Disparities

Did you know?
  • Black families are more likely to experience low birthweight, preterm birth and infant mortality.
  • Black mothers are three to four times more likely to die from childbirth than non-hispanic white women.
  • Because of historical and systemic barriers, African American mothers have the lowest rate of breastfeeding initiation and duration.
  • The use of midwifery and doula services have been shown to almost eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.


To address these disparities, PCI’s Healthy Start program offers services to promote positive birth and parenting experiences in diverse Black communities in San Diego.

Doula Services
Doula assisted births for HS participants (prenatal, Labor & Delivery, postpartum)
For The Village Doulas

Childbirth Education & Postpartum Support
Navigators support pregnant moms and partners, from pregnancy up to 18 months postpartum, with in-home services such as birth-planning, breastfeeding, newborn care and parenting education.

Midwifery Care
Clients can access licensed Midwives for supplemental, holistic care. Midwives provide families with additional support for an empowering birth.
Midwives: Darynée Blount & Nikki Helms


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