What Is A Perinatal Safe Spot?
- A place to connect moms, family members, community, to each other and the baby
- A judgment-free zone that can be physical or virtual
- Unique to individual communities, ZIP Codes, Maternal Toxic Areas – breaking through the real barriers to quality care
- Giving mothers the real tools they need to have power and agency in their childbearing decisions
- A place to gain knowledge for the healthiest pregnancy, mom, and baby
- Physical, emotional and informational support so childbearing families have true options
The National Perinatal Task Force is a grassroots movement to start and grow Perinatal Safe Spots (PSS) in every ‘Materno-toxic Area’ in the USA, in order to eliminate racial and class disparities in birth outcomes, and to create equity and power in maternal child health care.
Currently three to four times as many African American/ Black women die in the USA due to pregnancy, birth or postpartum, as their white counterparts. Why are mothers and babies dying and being harmed in a system that spends billions of Dollars annually on maternity care? What is the impact of institutional, structural and systemic racism, classism, and sexism in maternal child health? What about personally imposed implicit and explicit biases? Our overall maternal and infant mortality rates are worsening every year and the gaps between people of color and white people are widening. It’s literally a matter of life and death!
Finally a NEW approach to maternal health and wellness…
…an approach that provides Access, Connections, Knowledge and Empowerment to all women, and their supporters, as a means to optimal health. Our ultimate goal is that ALL women have healthcare answers that they can understand. We support and encourage system changes and providers that embrace this NEW patient-centered, woman-centered, equitable approach and we provide information and training regarding such changes.
About The Taskforce
The National Perinatal Task Force is a community of people who have a heart for women and babies.
Join the Perinatal Task Force Task Force now! Click here to learn how you can get involved.
News media has recently been featuring the problem of Maternal Mortality, deaths due to pregnancy and childbirth in the USA.
“The United States is the only industrialized country where the rates of maternal deaths have increased, rather than decreased. And “near deaths” are on the rise: 60,000 a year across the country. Erin Moriarty of “48 Hours” talks to young woman who have a higher risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth than their mothers did, and meets a midwife from England who saw expectant mothers being turned away from doctors offices in Florida, and in response opened up a health clinic that welcomes everyone.” CBS Sunday Morning news program
Jennie Joseph has created a maternal child health model which operates at Perinatal Safe Spots in Orlando, Florida. Applying the steps of The JJ Way® system in her ‘Easy Access’ prenatal care clinics creatively takes care of the problem of access to care for patients, but also the access for providers and agencies to each other’s services in order to collaboratively share the care. The community-at-large benefits from a greater understanding of health care disparities, health education and shared resources. The resulting connections between all players, subsequent knowledge and ultimate empowerment leads to better care, improved health and reduced costs.