An infant born in DCís poorest ward is 10 times likelier to die than one born in the wealthiest. Committed to serving low-resourced families of color, Mamatoto Village fights this and other staggering disparities in maternal health care. Throughout pregnancy, and for the first three months of the childís life, mothers receive comprehensive, culturally-relevant services (health education, care coordination, labor and breastfeeding support, counseling) that empower them to make informed decisions about their health, their parenting, and their lives. Inspired by the care they received, clients often return to complete the Perinatal Workforce Training Program, learning to serve their community as trained community health workers and lactation consultants Ė thereby increasing the number of women of color employed in maternal health and having a positive effect on the local economy. Mamatoto believes every mom and every baby deserves quality care. Donít you?

COVID-19 Impact: Home visitors are permitted to see clients once per month outside of the home with adequate PPE. Most visits, including labor support, education sessions, lactation coaching, health and wellness programs, and mental health support, occur virtually, using an encrypted and password-protected Zoom platform. The cultural proximity of staff to the clients served, and a deep knowledge of effective advocacy and education methods, has helped to make the transition successful. The program has maintained engagement of all of its enrolled members and 100% of clients had normal full-term deliveries (no C-sections) and initiated breastfeeding with their babies.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 7

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-City of Alexandria

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   450
  • Percentage of Full Term Delivery:   86%
  • Percentage of mothers initiating breastfeeding:   80.4%
  • Percentage of mothers delivering a baby with a healthy birth weight:   82%
  • Percentage of live births:   98%

Awards & Recognition

Roslyn S. Jaffe Award (2014)


Budget (FY0)

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