Meet These Black Leaders in the Motherhood Space And how they're changing the future of Black Maternal Health.

By Colleen Crivello | Photo by Misan Harriman

Our goal, here at Babe, is to show up everyday as a trusted resource for our community. We know that pregnancy and parenting can be confusing, and isolating, especially as we educate ourselves and children on being actively anti-racist. With this in mind, we’re turning to our community of Black leaders, activists, and mothers for expert advice on how to ask the hard questions, and have the right conversations. Here to guide, our list of impactful organizations, relevant podcasts, helpful tools, plus thoughtful books and toys that we’re referring to on the regular.

Ever-evolving, this guide will be updated frequently with new information and resources. If you have thoughts or ideas that you’d like to share please email us at

Mom Experts

Our inspiring community of Black mothers – some which we’ve worked with and some who we’d love to work with – that bring guidance, comfort, and support to families everywhere, every day.

To read more on some of these thought-leader mamas head here.

Latham Thomas


Maternity lifestyle maven, wellness & birth coach, and yogi on the vanguard of transforming the maternal wellness movement. and co-founder of the Mama Glow

Brandi Sellerz Jackson


Los Angeles based mother of three, Doula, #NotSoPrivateParts founder, and co-founder of Moms of Color

Erica Chidi Cohen


Educator, author, doula and the co-founder and CEO of LOOM, a well-being brand empowering women through reproductive and sexual health content

Myisha T. Hill


Author, speaker, and visionary MOM-preneur inspired to help individuals reach their unlimited potential. Founder of  @brownsistersspeak  and mental wellness and justice guide @ckyourprivilege

LaShanda Dandrich


Board Certified IBCLC / Lactation Expert and the driving force behind Uptown Village Cooperative

Stacey Stewart


President and CEO of @marchofdimes, leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies.

Dr. Joia Crear Perry


Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative @birthequity

Meena Harris


Founder and CEO of @phenomenal and author of Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea

Dropping Jewels


Founder of My Koto Bear, Bringing awareness & support to NICU families in our communities

Massy Arias


Mom and Health Coach and CEO of @tru_supplements

Dionne Simone Kamara

New York-based movement teacher @unionsquareplay for parents with infants and toddlers. Classes are based on the fundamental patterns of human development.

Kimberly Drew


Curator of Black art and experiences and author of “This Is What I Know About Art”

Jessica Reña


Writer, Mom + Creator of @mamasincolor podcast, and an aspiring midwife

Rachel Nicks Lyon


Mother of one, with one on the way, Rachel is an advocate for maternal health for women of color and offers yoga and training practices to her clients. Available for one-on-one sessions and counseling. DM her to connect.

Melissa DePino & Michelle Saahene

@thewildsister  @michellesaahene 

Co-Founders of @privtoprog + The #ShowUp Movement showing us the power of effectively working together through humility and curiosity

Positive Parenting Resources

Meaningful, long-lasting reform begins at home. Knowing to teach, we must learn, herein our go-to sources for understanding and engaging in hard conversations with ourselves and our kids.

The Conscious Kid: Parenting & Education Through a Critical Racial Lens

The podcast Parenting Forward with Cindy Wang Brandt

CNN and Sesame Street Coming Together: Standing up to Racism. Watch on CNN Saturday, June 6th at 10am EST

Great video explaining systemic racism

Helpful Kid Resources

Books have the power to shape the way children see their community, and themselves. Within, the books we’re reaching for as we raise the next generation of changemakers.

A notable resource: Inclusion + Diversity Expert @hereweread surfaces diverse books, educational products and tips for raising curious kids.

PSA: When possible, support your local businesses such as Black-owned children’s bookstore Eye See Me versus buying on Amazon.

Thoughtful Toys

The way children play informs their understanding and relationship to the world. We love these Black-founded toy brands and will continue to support these partners through our HATCH retail locations.

Impactful Organizations to Donate

Donating is an important part of how we can continue to make a difference and push forward the change that needs to happen now. With incredible organizations leading the charge, we’ve honed in on several foundations focused on supporting mothers, families and children.

Showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.

Making pregnancy and childbirth safe for everyone, everywhere

Leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies using research, advocacy, and education to give every baby the best possible start.v

Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance centering around Black mamas advocating, driving research, building power, and shifting culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.

MomsRising is a network of people just like you, united by the goal of building a more family-friendly America.

International doula certifying organization founded in the Fall of 2008 in Brooklyn, New York with the goal to offer quality Doula Services to Women of Color and Low Income Families who otherwise would not be able to afford Doula Care.