Addressing Infant Mortality in East Flatbush

The Caribbean Women’s Health Association is one of a few organizations in East Flatbush helping women with workshops focusing on how to deal with pregnancy trauma. (Photo by Larisa Karr via Bklyner)

The infant mortality rate is six times higher in East Flatbush, a neighborhood whose population is 89 percent Black, than on the Upper East Side, according to a study by the NYC Department of Health on Community District 17. Now some community organizations are trying to do something to help address the problem, reports Larisa Karr in Bklyner.

“You’re being forced out of your community, you’re being discriminated against on the job because you’re a woman or a person of color,“ said Xamayla Rose, managing director of Policy and Advocacy for the Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign. “There’s all these social things pressing down on us that affects our overall health.”

Rose organized the third annual East-Flatbush based event, Shower 2 Empower, a community baby shower which helps provide various services like doula education and relaxation techniques to expecting mothers.

“The shower was an opportunity for us to present all of those resources to the women in the East Flatbush and the Brownsville communities because they’re the ones that are most likely affected by infant mortality and maternal morbidity,” said Rose, an East Flatbush native.

The Caribbean Women’s Health Association is trying to help women deal with pregnancy trauma, while the Baby Resource Center leads workshops for women who have lost infants. Read more about the various programs and their education and support efforts at Bklyner.

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