Perinatal Safe Zone: Supporting Healthier Pregnancies Together
In August 2021 we awarded $1 million to support the establishment of a Perinatal Safe Zone in Central Texas by creating the community conditions to support healthy pregnancies, and health outcomes for women that have a two-generation benefit. Read this letter from Senior Program Officer Lourdes Rodriguez and learn more about the initiative below.
Perinatal Safe Zone
a geographic or virtual space that is judgment-free, welcoming, and offers the physical, emotional, and educational support to create the community conditions needed for healthy pregnancies
a virtual or physical space that is detrimental to maternal health, where a woman may feel unsafe to be pregnant, breastfeeding, or parenting.
The perinatal safe zone is modeled after—and inspired by—women’s health advocate Jennie Joseph and her work through the National Perinatal Task Force, a grassroots movement to start and grow promising Perinatal Safe Spots (PSS) in every materno-toxic zone, in order to eliminate racial and income related disparities in birth outcomes, and to create equity and power in maternal child health care.
We are excited to partner with a stellar group of community partners in our work to transform Central Texas into a perinatal safe zone. Learn more about our grantees and their projects below:
Train caregivers on social determinants impacting their lives to prepare them to help build community conditions for healthier pregnancies.
Learn more about their work: https://www.atxccu.org/
Plan evaluation of Con Mi Madre programming components that impact unplanned pregnancy prevention.
Learn more about their work: https://www.conmimadre.org/
Provide out of hospital birthing options for Black families in rural areas of Central Texas.
Learn more about their work: https://www.deliveringuntoyou.com/
Doula training for teenagers.
Learn more about their work: https://doulatrainingsinternational.com/
Trauma-informed prenatal and postpartum support.
Basic needs and mental health support for low income pregnant and postpartum families.
Learn more about their work: https://www.msvwatx.org/
Plan for a joint physical community space to allow families to receive multiple services at a single location.
Learn more about their work: https://www.mhecatx.org/
Plan to incorporate the perspectives of families of color, immigrant families, and families with low-income into Partners in Parenting programming.
Learn more about their work: https://www.pipaustin.org/
Incorporate lived experiences of women of color of reproductive age (both current patients and non-patients) in PCC’s perinatal health offerings.
Learn more about their work: https://www.austinpcc.org/
Conduct resource mapping and community surveying activities in Bastrop, Caldwell, Williamson, and rural areas of Travis to connect and refer Latinx birthing families.
Join the Community of Practice
Our Perinatal Safe Zone learning collaborative will host two training opportunities open to anyone working on perinatal health. Each training will be offered three times. Registration links will be forthcoming. At this time, all trainings will be virtual and will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Embodied Herstories: A 2-day training on root causes of reproductive health inequities.
- October 15 and 22, 2021
- January 21 and 28, 2022
- April 22 and 29, 2022
Maternal Justice Model: A 2-day deep dive training into strategies for social change.
- November 12 and 19, 2021
- February 25 and March 4, 2022
- May 13 and 20, 2022
Bookmark this page and subscribe to our email newsletter if you’re interested in attending these training opportunities!
Have questions about this work? Want to share how you’re contributing to better pregnancies in your community? Contact us at PSZ@stdavidsfoundation.org to get started.