Our program goal is to provide the women we are serving with culturally sensitive services that will help them to have a healthy and empowered birth experience. The women enroll into our program at any point during their pregnancies and are usually referred to us by other refugee women in the community. Our interpreters/teachers (community liaisons) and volunteers assist with the medicaid process and with pregnancy resources when needed. We then provide the following services: -Healthy Mom Classes Courses for refugees that provide an overview of what they will encounter during their pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience in the United States. Our 8 week class series covers: 1. Prenatal Care 2. Childbirth Education 3. Informed Consent & Patient Rights 4. Newborn Care 5. Breastfeeding 6. Postpartum Care & Women’s Health -Hospital Tours Moms attending our classes will get a private tour of the delivering hospital along with language interpreters. -Baby Showers We partner with local churches and organizations to host a baby shower for the moms who complete our Healthy Moms classes. These showers provide needed items for the new mom and baby. -Pregnancy, Labor, Birth & Postpartum Support We train our labor support volunteers and then match them with expecting or new moms. They provide friendship and advocacy to individual refugee moms by attending 4 or more prenatal appointments and being available for the labor, birth, and postpartum period. Volunteers assist refugees in preparing for the arrival of their new baby. This could include things such as taking a mom to her prenatal appointments, helping secure baby supplies and providing emotional and relational support during this transition into motherhood. -Mom’s Circle Weekly meetings where mother’s and their children gather to talk about the joys and challenges of parenting.
Embrace Refugee Birth Support
Friends of Refugees
Embrace strives to support, advocate for and educate refugees throughout the pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience. Refugee women need access to birth education in their own languages, help with transportation to their many prenatal appointments, and a friend and advocate to help them navigate an unfamiliar medical system and setting.
Recognizing that there is a wealth of knowledge, experience and resources in the Atlanta community, Embrace intentionally seeks partnership with refugees, volunteers, refugee resettlement organizations, care providers, doulas, childbirth educators and others across philosophical, ethnic and faith backgrounds.
Groups Served by Program:
Embrace serves pregnant refugee and immigrant women mostly from the Clarkston area in Georgia.
Embrace is mostly funded by individual and church donations but we also have an Georgia Health foundation grant and other small grants.
Program Staffing and Training:
Embrace staffing includes a director, assistant director, administrative assistant, community liaisons, interns, and volunteers. Our community liaisons who are also teachers have had birth education training. Our volunteers have volunteer orientation training and cultural sensitivity training.
We are able to our evaluate our program by comparing birth outcomes to similar groups who are not Embrace clients through surveys and hospital data. We have also measured how empowered the women may feel before and after our birth education classes through a 10 point scale survey.
From May 2017 to September 2019 Embrace clients had a 22.6% c-section rate, a 6.7% pre-term birth rate, and a 5% low birth rate compared to a 31.9%, 11%, and 10.2% respective rates in comparable groups. We also have data showing reduced odds for labor induction and increased odds for exclusive breastfeeding (data pending publication in open access journal). When our moms were surveyed before and after and 8 week Healthy Moms Class they showed improved confidence in advocating for themselves i.e. asking the care provider questions during prenatal appointments.
Tracy Noland 404-992-4875 email@example.com https://www.embracerefugeebirth.com
Embrace started in 2010 and is still operating as of 2020.