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UCSF EMBRACE: Perinatal Care for Black Families

“Reclaiming Health and Wellness for Black Births”


EMBRACE is a clinical program developed to give Black mothers and Black pregnant people an opportunity to receive prenatal care from an intentional angle of racial consciousness.

EMBRACE asserts a deliberate and unapologetic stance around holding Black mothers, Black pregnant people and their families with a model of care where social and economic factors that affect their health can be identified and addressed.

Our principle goals are:

  • To sustain and support the creation of Black lives with transformative and holistic wellness
  • To reclaim cultural wisdom and integrate it in modern, systemic health care as an option for birthing Black families so that the beginning of their mothering and parenting is done with a conscious and empowered choice.

EMBRACE prenatal care includes:

  • Village building with other Black families
  • Race-concordant care
  • Culturally specific & relevant conversations
  • Integrated behavioral healthcare
  • Mindfulness (through meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, and indigenous rituals)
  • Extension of care up to 1 year post-partum

EMBRACE has supported 14 Black Families since September 2018

EMBRACE Partners & guest facilitators:

  • SisterWeb
  • BareWithMe
  • Dr. Zea Malawi, Expecting Justice
  • Dr. Ifeoma Udoh
  • Dr. Alicia Swartz

EMBRACE funders

  • Tipping Point
  • Joseph & Vera Long Foundation
  • Mt Zion Healthcare Fund
  • UCSF Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

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Contact: [email protected]

For more information, please visit the EMBRACE website