Equity Before Birth

Equity begins before birth

Durham, NC   |  http://www.equitybeforebirth.com

Mission

Equity Before Birth is a Black maternal health charity organization, working to save lives and improve health outcomes for Black birthing people and their infants through sponsorship. We provide financial assistance to increase access to maternal health services and support. We also promote financial security by providing supplemental income in the absence of paid leave. Vision: We envision a world where all people have the same chance for a healthy and happy transition to parenthood, while all babies have the opportunity to thrive. Mission: Save the lives of Black birthing people and their infants and improve health outcomes by increasing access to critical services and support.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Joy Spencer

Main address

112 Broadway st Suite b

Durham, NC 27701 USA

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EIN

85-2675630

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sponsorship

We offer prenatal, labor and delivery (L&D), and postpartum support through 18 months postpartum via sponsorship. To provide professional services, we seek out Black-owned/led businesses and organizations in the communities we serve who already offer these services and partner with them by providing fundraising support, financial coverage for sponsorship services, and any support where our missions align. We do not want to divide any resources going towards the same goal. We will be better together.

Prenatal & Labor and Delivery Support:
- Supplemental income for medically required bed rest and modified bed rest up to one month ($2,000 if needed)
- Supplemental income on the day of the appointment
- Transportation to visits and appointments
- Child Birthing Class arrangement
- Newborn and Breastfeeding classes
- Local support group with other expecting birthing parents
- Prenatal anxiety and depression support
- Doula - prenatal, delivery, and postpartum

Postpartum Support:
- Supplemental income for up to 3 months of maternity leave from work
- Postpartum/new baby kit
- Postpartum anxiety and depression support
- Family planning assistance

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Parents
Pregnant people
Women
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Black birthing persons Residing in Durham, Johnston, Wake, Orange, or Chatham counties Pregnant or within 18 months of having or losing an infant

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We adjusted our process to afford more allocation to doula services because it was heavily sought after but unaffordable to most.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Equity Before Birth

Board of directors
as of 10/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Charity Watkins

North Carolina Central University

Term: 2021 - 2023

Mary Eide

Red Hat

Christopher Solomon

Allison Voss

Deloitte

Dana Kuhn

Stesha Little

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/29/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.