Transform Birth for Black Families in Saint Louis

Join Our 2024 Capital Campaign

African American women are 3 times more likely to die during pregnancy & birth. We are transforming Black Maternal Health with culturally competent, comprehensive midwifery and doula care in Saint Louis. Our new Ferguson birth center & postpartum retreat haven will provide low-risk birthing people who don't have a support system at home, the opportunity to give birth, rest and heal in a safe & sacred space, while being nourished and cared for by experts in their community who look like them.

Your contribution will help:

  • Build our new Birth Center & Postpartum Retreat Haven in Ferguson, Missouri

OUR GOAL: $3,000,000


Birth Center & Postpartum Retreat Haven

Community birth centers provide safe, culturally-reverent midwifery care for all. Community birth centers are crucial to creating a world where families, communities, and midwives thrive.- Birth Center Equity 

We are expanding our current model of care from a traditional Midwifery-Doula care practice, to a birthing and postpartum retreat center model. It is time for our community to have a BIPOC led Birth Center & Postpartum Healing Space.

We've purchased 1-acre of land, just 1-block from our current Historic Midwifery Clinic to create Missouri's first community ran Birth Center and Postpartum Retreat Haven right in the heart of Ferguson, Missouri! The new Birth Center & Postpartum Retreat Haven will provide low-risk birthing people with the opportunity to receive high quality, out of hospital Midwifery care through a holistic care model, with the opportunity to give birth in, rest and heal at our Birth Center a safe & sacred space nestled into our community.

Postpartum, care will continue in one of our Postpartum Retreat Havens where mothers and babies can be nourished, nurtured and cared for by community healers, care providers and their peers.

We will provide on-site holistic birthing services, extended-traditional and wrap-around retreat style postpartum care with mental health support for the first 7-days following birth. With abundant community gardens and green houses on the land, families will be fed and cared for, creating a solid foundation for a thriving postpartum period.

Why is this needed?

Midwifery care in community birth centers results in improved outcomes, enhances the birth experience, increases rates of breast/chestfeeding and parent engagement, reduces racial disparities, and is cost-effective. Moreover, cost analyses project “an annual savings of $189 million with a shift of 1 percent of births from hospital to birth center.” (Source: Community Birth Settings)

There are zero freestanding Birth Centers in the St. Louis region, and Black women are more likely to experience prematurity, low-birth weight babies, mortality and morbidity from preventable causes. Jamaa Birth Village's future Birth Center & Postpartum Retreat Haven provides care components that are a counter to standard obstetrical and systemic care, and has the opportunity to close the disparity gap and increasing positive and thriving birthing outcomes and experiences for Black women, babies and families.

How to join and support our work

Donate! Share our capital campaign with your employer, friend groups, church and family circle. We're all in this together and the future of our region depends on the ability to receive quality care and support throughout the perinatal journey.

Do you want to be a part of the change we need to see in black maternal health?