The BIH Program was established in 1989 to address health disparities and poor birth outcomes that affect Black communities, including preterm birth, low birth weight, and infant and maternal death. Black babies are three times more likely to die before their first birthday in comparison to white babies; and Black babies have higher infant mortality rates than other ethnic groups. Black women are four to six times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women of other ethnicities. To address these issues and improve these outcomes, the BIH Program provides Black mothers with culturally affirming information, resources, and support services that build upon their strengths and encourage a healthy pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience.


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Unique Program Features

  • Prenatal and postpartum social support groups, called “Sister Circles”
  • Education on pregnancy, parenting, and stress reduction
  • Emphasis on social support and social connections
  • 1:1 case management support and personalized care
  • Referrals for services such as doulas, lactation, and breastfeeding support
  • Client support materials and essential items such as diapers, wipes, baby clothing, and pampering items for mothers

Enrollment and Eligibility Requirements

  • Identify as African American/Black female 18 years or older
    Reside in South Los Angeles
  • Must qualify as one of the following:
    • Have been pregnant for 30 weeks or less
    • Currently have a baby 6 months or younger

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Site Addresses and Contact Information

FAME Renaissance Building


Black Infant Health (Los Angeles)

1968 W. Adams Blvd. Ste. #306 Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 238-3206

Contact: Tara Barnes, Program Coordinator


Black Infant Health (South Bay)

16333 Hawthorne Blvd. Ste. #301 Hawthorne, CA 90250
(323) 238-3205

Contact: Marquita Jones, Community Outreach Liaison

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