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SisterStory: Stories from the Black Infant Health Program

BIH is a voluntary, group-based intervention focused on improving maternal and infant health outcomes by helping Black women build resilience, gain social support and improve skills for reducing stress. The Black Infant Health (BIH) program is a statewide effort aimed at reducing the health disparities affecting Black families and their babies. For more information, visit the Black Infant Health program.

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Jocelyn’s Story: Former Aerospace Engineer Finds 'Community' in BIH
When Jocelyn became pregnant, she craved support and community with other Black women. She discovered her local Black Infant Health (BIH), a program that serves pregnant and parenting Black women from all socioeconomic and educational backgrounds.

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Angela's Story: Lifelong Friends for Mom and Baby
When Angela enrolled in the Black Infant Health (BIH) program over two years ago, she didn’t realize the impact it would have on her—and also her unborn baby. She knew BIH was educational and provided maternal and infant support through group sessions during pregnancy and postpartum. Other than that, she wasn’t sure what to expect.

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Jewel's Story: Focusing on the Positive
Meet Jewel, second from the right, who shares what it meant to her to be involved in Sacramento County's Black Infant Health (BIH) program. In the photo, she is surrounded by a few of the many friends she made while in the program. The group has remained close long after graduating, and in the video portion of the story, they talk about the importance of BIH and their ongoing sisterhood.

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