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Mecklenburg Birthing Connections

In Mecklenburg County, babies born to Black mothers die before their first birthday more often than other babies. We created this website to raise awareness about this issue and empower Black families with information and resources for their birth and childcare journey.

  • Babies born to Black mothers in Mecklenburg County are

    2 times more

    likely to die

    before their 1st birthday than babies born to White mothers.
    We want to change that.

  • "All women should receive health care that is respectful, culturally competent, safe and of the highest quality.  Mecklenburg Birthing Connections (MBC) provides information and resources to help equip Black women to navigate their prenatal and post-partum care.  By providing education on the unique risks they may encounter during pregnancy and focusing on Black women’s individual needs including non-clinical, social needs, MBC assists women in optimizing a more positive birth experience and promotes healthy families."- Dr.Pamela Cobb

Before Pregnancy


  • Ultrasound on woman's belly

    I want to feel prepared for my pregnancy experience as a Black birthing person.

  • Woman kissing baby on forehead

    I want to know what my birthing options are.

  • Doctor speaking with pregnant woman

    I want to create a birth plan.

  • Pregnant women in birthing class

    I want to know about classes and what questions to ask my doctor.

After Pregnancy

  • Woman's body post-pregnancy wearing only underwear

    I want to learn about taking care of my body after having my baby.

  • Woman feeling tired sitting in front of stroller

    I'm not feeling like myself and could use support.

  • Woman reading to two children

    I'm unsure about how to care for my baby and manage my responsibilities.


  • Friend talking with pregnant woman

    I want ideas for how to be supportive of an expecting parent.

  • Baby playing with colorful blocks

    I would like to learn about making my space baby friendly.

  • Infant sleeping in crib

    I am interested in learning about how to care for an infant.

  • Woman bottle feeding baby

    I want to learn more about feeding my infant.

  • Two people holding hands.

    I am the primary caregiver for a child and need resource assistance.

Loss of Child

  • Close Up of Holding Hands

    I want to talk to someone about my experience.

  • Woman Speaking with Female Doctor

    I think I am ready to try for another baby, but I have questions.

  • Male and Female Doctors Talking

    Find a health care provider.

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