Richmond, Virginia, USA
MissionTo improve the health and wellbeing of childbearing families through fitness, education, social support, and community engagement.
What We DoOur longterm goal is to establish a perinatal resource center providing fitness, education, and social support programming for pregnant and postpartum people and the professionals who serve this audience.
We serve as a hub organization that connects pregnant and postpartum people to the resources they need to help them thrive through our annual Nurture RVA Birth & Baby Fair. We are a backbone agency working with other local organizations to promote policy, infrastructure, and environmental changes to create a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community as outlined by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. We also provide training in critical topics for perinatal health care and social service providers.
We are currently raising funds to create a Pregnancy and Early Parenting Resource Navigator: a web-based directory of local pregnancy, birth, and early parenting resources that provides evidence-based content geared towards birthing people and parents who are in their first two years of parenting. The platform will include a searchable, filterable calendar of telehealth support services and classes offered by providers across our region. By identifying, verifying, and cataloguing local resources, this project will serve as a central gateway to facilitate access to community resources for both childbearing families and providers. In addition, by quantifying and mapping local resources, the directory will serve to identify gaps in existing resources and provide a foundation for future initiatives to address these gaps. Content provided by local experts will include factors that contribute to maternal/infant health such as racial equity, evidenced-based maternity care practices, social support, reproductive mental health, and breastfeeding, thus reinforcing the site as a go-to place for reliable, trustworthy information and resources.