The Expecting Collective



Reproductive justice is racial justice




Innovation
Fundraising
Design
Reproductive injustice is a less common topic when discussing systemic racism in America, but the racial disparity is clear. At every stage of pregnancy, Black women face higher risks for complications. These differences are not biological, socio-economic, or coincidental. Building a more equitable future starts in the wombs of Black mothers.

The Festival of Urgent Reinventions is a 2-day event to prompt imagination, compassion, and ideas that solve problems. Nicole Cardoza, founder of @antiracismdaily and @wellemental gave a brief related to equity in wellness. Payal Pereira and I won the competition with an idea we have since brought to life in our own community.


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Challenge

Wellness should be accessible to everyone. How can we use privileged practices to address social isolation in underserved communities?




Situation

Compared to white women, Black women are approximately:

2x

as likely to experience infertility

3x

more at risk for dying from pregnancy related complications

4x

as likely to lose an infant from complications related to low birthweight


This is not biological, socioeconomic, or coincidental.
This is healthcare bias and transgenerational trauma.




Opportunity

Subscription boxes can be easily defined as a privileged practice. Mail is an accessible medium that can help bridge the wellness gap.




Solution

The Expecting Collective
This initiative works to close the wellness gap of Black maternal-fetal health by providing wellness resources through pay-it-forward subscription boxes curated to support expecting Black moms.


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Since the competition, we have partnered up with a local organization, Birth in Color RVA, with the same mission.

After 22 days we reached our fundraising goal of $2,500. 

Partner in Justice: Payal Pereira (ST)



On April 11, 2021, The Expecting Collective was brought to life for Black Maternal Health Week. Fifty moms across two regions of Virginia received a wellness package valued at ~$120 each. This was made possible by 45 individual donors, and 4 major product donations by Pink Stork, Basq NYC, Katherine Wintsch (author of Slay Like a Mother), and Doordash.