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Natural Awakenings Richmond

Childbearing Resource Mapping Project Launched

May 01, 2021 10:01AM ● By Shay Wilson

Nurture - NA, Richmond, VA, a Richmond nonprofit focused on improving the health and wellbeing of childbearing families, has launched the Perinatal Resource Mapping Project, a comprehensive assessment and mapping of Lactation, Perinatal Mental Health and Doula Support Providers operating in the Virginia Department of Health’s Planning District 15, which comprises the city of Richmond and Henrico, Chesterfield, Charles City, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan and New Kent counties.

The Perinatal Resource Mapping Project is a first step toward the creation of a community-driven, web-based resource that will contain a searchable, filterable database and calendar of local pregnancy, birth and early parenting resources geared towards people who are pregnant or in their first two years of parenting. Data gathered through the project will provide a measure of how many providers there are per 1,000 birthing women in the region and how providers reflect the demographics of the communities served, thus illuminating gaps in services that can be addressed through future programming.

Focused on improving the health and well-being of childbearing families, Nurture Executive Director Leslie Lytle says, “For years, parents and providers alike have been telling us that although there’s a lot of information on the web, it’s extremely hard to navigate, especially if you have an urgent need.” This new resource is designed to fill that need.


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