Cutting-Edge Practice

Mothers Rising Home Visiting Program

State/Jurisdiction: District of Columbia
Setting: Community
Population: Women & Maternal
Topic Area: Access to Quality Healthcare Equity & Anti-Racism Safe and Connected Communities Family & Youth Engagement Reproductive Health Birth Outcomes
NPMs: NPM 3: Risk-Appropriate Perinatal Care

The Mothers Rising Home Visiting program (MRHV) integrates social and health intervention methods employing social proximity, cultural congruence, MV Perinatal Health Worker training, and a 3-generation approach to yield improved perinatal outcomes and social conditions for black women, creating stability for the family unit, and improving trajectories for multiple generations and the greater community. The MRHV program is an innovative perinatal health support system developed for women of color by women of color using evidence-based screening tools, service models, and interventions. MRHV program approach to perinatal care is holistic, community-centered, and relationship-based. The program’s home visiting model provides prenatal support with a three-generational focus to expectant mothers. Holistic support means that the primary focus is not merely on childbirth; Mothers Rising offers its culturally specific, nonjudgmental services that take into account each pregnant persons personal narrative and offers individualized care guided and co-created by the mother for twelve weeks postpartum to ensure that both the pregnant person and the child have successful postpartum outcomes. This model uses team-based community health worker interventions to reduce barriers to wellness such as chronic stress, which stems from a lack of social and financial resources for many program participants. Reducing chronic stress from socio-economic burdens and providing counseling and health education improves pregnancy outcomes for pregnant people with pre-existing conditions. MRHV builds a psychosocial support system, resulting in more positive perinatal and social outcomes for its participants.

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Implementation Handout

Mamatoto Village
Aza Nedhari
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