Infant Loss & Women of Color
Losing a baby due to pregnancy or delivery complications is tragic. For minority families, the pain of losing a loved one can be exacerbated by systemic racism, prejudices, implicit bias, microaggressions, and other forms of oppression. Black women and babies are dying at alarming rates that are much higher than other populations.
Black Babies are three to four times more likely to die as White newborns.
Miscarriage rate is 43% higher in Black Women. - The Lancet
Black women are three to five times more likely to die than White women from a pregnancy-related cause.
1 in every 96 pregnancies end in stillbirth for Black women.
College-educated Black women are five times more likely to lose their baby than a white woman with only a high school education.
Black women are at higher risks of developing perinatal mental health issues.
SBMOM VIRTUAL COMMUNITY
Women of Color Miscarriage, Stillbirth, & Infant Loss Community
PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP
The Women of Color Miscarriage, Stillbirth, & Infant Loss Community is a peer-to-peer support group and safe space for individuals who identify as people of color and have lost a baby in pregnancy or infancy. Information given in here from members should not be considered medical advice. Professionally written materials, videos, and training for coping with grief will be uploaded and cited appropriately for verification.
The SBMOM Prayer Call is a national prayer call for the improvement of outcomes for mothers and babies and for families who have been impacted by maternal mortality and infant mortality.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Prayer Circle
PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP
The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Prayer Circle is a Christian support group for women who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or neonatal death (moms in loss) and are seeking healing through a relationship with Christ.
Vigils & Services
The virtual maternal, pregnancy and infant loss remembrance services are archived on YouTube, Facebook Private Groups, and the SBMOM website. The Wave of Light vigil is held annually in October and uploaded to the SBMOM Facebook Page.
Halo & Wings Project
ROBE HER IN LOVE
The Halo & Wings Project was created to target women of color who had a baby gain wings and are in their first year of grief. The Halo and Wings Project provides a symbolic halo and wings to moms to be clothed in their child's spirit. A satin bonnet and warm robe are presented with a letter from moms who have come through the pain of losing a baby to assure the mom that she is not alone.
Care packages also include resources from infant loss organizations throughout Indiana and nationally. SBMOM works collaboratively with loss providers to provide a well-rounded support system for women.
Halo and wings can be requested by hospital bereavement coordinators, hospital personnel, loss organizations, health organizations/programs, partner organizations, or church representatives on behalf of a ‘mom in loss’ without revealing the mom’s name.
To make an in-kind donation, shop our Amazon Wishlist at https://a.co/jl3f4h1 or mail brand new white satin bonnets and white plush robes to PO Box 755, New Palestine, IN 46163.