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Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division

Community Birth Plan

A Collaborative Effort to Reduce African-American Preterm Birth

Pregnant Black Women

The Challenge

Preterm birth is the leading cause of death for babies in the U.S. under 1 year of age. In California, Black women—regardless of their socioeconomic status or education level—have a 52 percent higher risk of preterm birth than White women. Prematurity can cause short- and long-term problems for the baby. These challenges include learning disabilities, behavior issues, dental problems, asthma, infections, and hearing and vision loss.

Our Plan

The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division has partnered with key organizations across California to develop, pilot and implement a Community Birth Plan uniting the Black community, hospitals, perinatal healthcare providers and other statewide and community organizations. Our objective is to educate the community about Black preterm birth rates and implement evidence-based health improvement activities that improve birth outcomes, ultimately resulting in a reduction in Black preterm births.

Our Partners

  • Black Infant Health Program
  • Black Women for Wellness
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • CDPH Center for Family Health
  • CDPH Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
  • Children’s Institute Inc.
  • Eisner Health
  • First 5 Los Angeles
  • iDREAM for Racial Health Equity
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • March of Dimes
  • Mrs. Rosa Robinson, Community and Faith-based Resident
  • Public Health Institute
  • Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC
  • Sutter Health
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Watts Health

Community Birth Plan Resources

Contact Us

Call Division at (866) 241‑0395

Physical address:

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
1615 Capitol Ave, Suite 73.560
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing address:

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
PO Box 997420, MS 8300
Sacramento, CA 95899-7420


(916) 650-0305


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