nyla-martinaWe are ramping up to our upcoming Chat & Chew for Change, where our donors and supporters will meet our new grantees and get a sneak peek into our new strategic planning process. As we prepare, we invite you to get to know our new grantees better!

Next up a Q&A featuring Jazmine Brazier of Healthy Babies Project, one of our newest grantees, who is helping the Teen-to-Doula project take flight.


Why is Healthy Babies Project innovative or disruptive?

We create community for the young women in our programs. Our teen mothers support each other as mothers with a common goal.Our doula program prevents second pregnancies by giving moms concrete goals with an outline of the resources they need to achieve them.

Tell me a little more about the women and families you serve. What is your most inspirational story of impact?

We serve mostly low-income families in Wards 7 and 8. All are clients are teenagers ranging from 14-24 years of age. More than 50% of are mothers are homeless, looking for housing, and/or haven’t been in school. One mom hadn’t been in school in two years and now she’s so currently enrolled in school. It’s such a huge accomplishment. She probably wouldn’t be in school if she hadn’t become pregnant [and met us]. Another mother who had been trafficked is now in a stable home.

What are you looking to get out of your partnership with DCSIP? 

We are excited to try something innovative and completely new for us that a lot of other organizations don’t have. Our partnership with give both Healthy Babies Project and DC Social Innovation Project an eye-opening experience. We’ll really get a chance to see how we’re impacting these families. These women might be mega doulas or nurses in the future. The teen-to-doula program gives them an opportunity they would have never had. Most of these mothers had probably never heard of a doula before – now they get to build a career and support their friends. It’s awesome to have someone that already knows you and was previously supporting you in such an intimate time. The mothers can inspire each other to go to school and see that its a realistic goal. Beyond the numbers, people’s live are changing because either they have a doula or have a new profession. That’s inspiring.

Want to meet Jazmine in person and learn more about our plans to scale this prototype? Make a gift today to hold your seat for our Chat & Chew on December 17th.