Mamatoto Village $100,000 | Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Recipient

Aza Nedhari, Executive Director and Co-Founder
Mamatoto Village – Washington, D.C.

Mamatoto Village, aims to educate low-income women of color in the D.C. Metro area who, otherwise, enter motherhood blind and underprepared in order to combat the high rates of preterm birth, low-birth weight and infant mortality in this impoverished region. Their mission is two-fold, to provide complimentary and low-cost maternal health services and breastfeeding education to women and their families during pregnancy through the first year of the child’s life and to facilitate the increase of qualified women of color, serving in the profession of Community Birthworkers and/or Midwives.

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Mamatoto Village is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, devoted to training the next generation of Community Birthworkers and Midwives; and empowering women with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions and choices in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives.


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