The DandeLion Difference (D2) Initiative is a non-profit, grassroots, community-based initiative that is focused on reducing disparity and improving birth outcomes for women of color, and is uniquely positioned to provide a strong mentoring pipeline for women of color entering the field of birth professionals as both doulas and midwives. The DandeLion Difference Initiative is pioneered by Glenni Lorick, founder of The MOM Foundation, Inc., a 501C3 non- profit organization (formerly Moms Nurturing Moms) and IBCLC Certified Lactation Consultant, and championed by Tiffany Martin, an African-American, professionally trained doula and student midwife who is attending the National College of Midwifery.
Woman of color across the income spectrum and from all walks of life are struggling with significant disparities in birth outcomes, with disproportionally higher rates of deaths from preventable pregnancy-related complications. CDC reports and other medical studies reflect that African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women are about three times or more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy, compared to Non-Hispanic white women in the United States. Moreover, African-American babies are 49% more likely to be born prematurely and twice as likely to perish before their first birthdays. The need for change resounds.
Research suggest that doula-assisted mothers are four times less likely to have a LBW baby, two times less likely to experience a birth complication involving themselves or their baby, and significantly more likely to initiate breastfeeding. Furthermore, studies show that greater use of midwives could reduce racial disparities in maternity care.
We are dedicated to serving Alabama and the Tennessee Valley area by providing compassionate and quality care to low income and young mothers in need, and believe that every woman, including women of color, should have the ability to choose and benefit from doula and midwifery care despite socio-economic obstacles and ethnic background.
Join in making The DandeLion Difference! We welcome donations to assist us in providing education and support as well as scholarships to women who need doula and midwifery care, and who desire to pursue a birth professional career as a doula or certified professional midwife.
Learn More or Contact:
Center for American Progress
Alabama Midwife Alliance
National College of Midwifery