The Southside of Chicago is currently experiencing a Maternal Health Desert. In the past 2 years, the Southside of Chicago has gone from having 7 labor and delivery options to 3.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted such health inequities that Black women are experiencing in regards to their Maternal Health.
In the Spring of 2021, Mercy Hospital is closing and that option of 3 labor and deliver units will go down to 2.
The Southside of Chicago is in desparate need of more laboring and birthing options. The creation of the Chicago Southside Birth Center would aim to stand in the gap of limited Maternal Health services and increase access to more birthing options on the Southside.
As Black mothers and midwives, Jeanine and Karie, know first hand the importance of culturally-based, patient-centered reproductive health care that focuses on improving birth inequities, reducing health disparities, and concordance health care.
We are asking for your financial support and assistance in bringing a Birth Center to Chicago’s Southside communities because this is the care Black women and their families on the Southside of Chicago deserve.