WHO AM I?
I'm Yvette John-Baptiste, Midwife.
I am a Mother of two, Guardian of one and Midwife to many incredible women. I have been a midwife for almost 10 years and in that period have accrued vast experience in supporting and championing women from all walks of life to achieve the maternity experiences they desire. I resonate strongly with improving health and increasing life chances within my local community.
The Borough Midwife launched in 2019 with the aim to provide flexible, personable and continuity of maternity care for women in their homes. We have a specific focus on ensuring care is affordable and accessible to those most vulnerable in our community.
We aim to provide a bespoke Maternity Care and Complimentary therapy service to women and their babies. Our mission is to improve maternal health outcomes and reduce health inequalities specifically among women from Black, Mixed and Asian ethnic populations. We aim to optimize maternal and infant health through tailored and personalised service delivery which is culturally sensitive & competent, considering one’s lifestyle, individual needs, and local resources.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
The MBRRACE- UK (2019) report into Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care identified Black women are 5x, Mixed-Ethnic women x3 and Asian women twice more likely to die as a result of complications from pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum illness, when compared with White Caucasian women. These complications stem from both physical health, mental health, and complex socio-economic factors.
The driving forces behind these shocking inequalities are unclear, but we know factors such as education, low-income and living in areas of deprivation contribute to poorer health outcomes. At The Borough Midwife we aim to breakdown stereotypes and unconscious bias within the medical and healthcare system, improve communication, improve women's satisfaction with care and be culturally sensitive to BAME women; particularly those with vulnerabilities- within our community.
The Borough Midwife is based North in Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC), this part of the borough sees the highest multi-ethnic population, highest rates of deprivation and highest birth rates when compared to the South of Borough inhabiting a more socially affluent population.
North Kensington is home to the community affected by the tragic events of the Grenfell Fire in June 2017. Community togetherness, support and health is of upmost importance. We aim to work with the many community groups and children centres used by our target population to implement maternal education and raise maternal health awareness.
WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO?
The Borough Midwife has operated on a voluntary or heavily subsidised basis, which limits the number of women we can reach and support. We will use this funding to provide online educational resources to women and directly provide Antenatal and Postnatal care to women in our community.
We have given up our own time and personally made contributions to this cause. The very population we target often do not have the means to access the care we offer, and they should not have to as we believe continuation of carer should be equitable for all. Your money will go towards:
- Funding indemnity cover
- The creation of content and free resources for local BAME pregnant women
- Equipment needed for local service delivery
- Help toward covering 100% of care costs for referred women
- Professional networking, developing strategies and raising awareness
We are collectively in the midst of COVID-19, an Economic crisis and stand in solidarity with Human Rights and Racial Equality. We understand launching a crowdfunding campaign in these uncertain times relies upon the Generosity of our supporters, we have faith in you.
Thank you for your belief in us.