Black Infant Health Project (BIH)
Did You Know?
Black babies in America die at more than twice the rate of babies from all other populations during their first year of life because they are born too soon and are too small. Likewise, more African American women die during pregnancy and childbirth than any other ethnic group. The primary goal of the Black Infant Health Program is to improve the survival rate for African American mothers and infants.
- We encourage early and continuous prenatal and pediatric care.
- We empower women to make healthy life choices for themselves and their families.
- We promote self-love, self-care and confidence building.
- We build on the strengths of each woman.
- We help women increase social connections and decrease isolation.
- We support positive fatherhood involvement.
- We honor the unique history and traditions of African American people.
Our Mission Statement
The goal of the Black Infant Health Project is to maximize positive pregnancy outcomes in order to improve survival rates for African-American infants in the City of Long Beach. Obtaining early and continuous prenatal care is believed to significantly contribute to the reduction of infant mortality. But, having a positive birth outcome starts before pregnancy and continues even after your baby is born.
About the Black Infant Health (BIH) Project
The Black Infant Health Project is a program designed to assist you in maintaining a healthy pregnancy and to provide support services for the first two years of your baby's life. BIH has access to information and resources that can help you have a health pregnancy, and also a healthier lifestyle.
Free Services we Provide:
- Intimate Group Sessions: 10 Sessions for Pregnant Women, followed by 10 Sessions for New Moms.
- Case Management (as needed)
- Individual Client Plans / Life Plans (to help you plan for your future)
- Public Health Nurse and Social Worker
- Health and Family Support Referrals
- Healthy Meals (at each session)
- Transportation Assistance (to and from group sessions & doctor appointments)
- Incentives and Resources
We Also Offer Workshops In:
- Child Passenger Safety
- Feminine Hygiene
- SIDS/Safe Sleep for Infants
- School Readiness Parent Education
- Stress/Depression Management
How Do I Qualify?
You can qualify if you are an African-American woman, age 18 years or older, living in the City of Long Beach and currently less than 27 weeks pregnant.
Contact us at (562) 570-4410 or (562) 570-4525
TDD available at (562) 570-4346
ADA alternative format also available at (562) 570-4410