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In partnership with Red Cedar Birth, TFF has developed Perinatal Advocacy services that provide pregnant and parenting teens of color with access to reproductive education and support; nurturing guidance into parenthood that honors the teens and their stories; and doula care that encourages self-empowerment and amplifies the voices of young birthing people.

Register for Perinatal Advocacy Services

Please complete our brief registration form, after which a member of our team will contact you to schedule an intake appointment within 3-5 business days. We will not share identifying information with anyone outside of the Foundation without your permission.

More Information

Want more info before you register? Fill out our brief interest form, and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Advocacy

Pregnant and parenting teens will have access to a multidisciplinary team of birth professionals during the childbearing year.  Midwives, Lactation consultants and doulas will work with expectant parents to develop individualized plans for dealing with the unique challenges and triggers that may arise during their pregnancy and postpartum. Our team has specialized training in trauma-informed care and working with survivors of sexual assault and will work together with youth, their families and support systems to create a plan for thriving.

Labor and Support

Doulas support the creation of birth plans, provide emotional and information support to help new parents navigate the healthcare system, make decisions, and communicate effectively with medical staff. During delivery, they support the birthing person’s choices while providing emotional and physical support. Research has shown that just having a doula in the room decreases the rates of c-section, epidural, induction, and other often unnecessary interventions, as well as exponentially increasing the positive feedback from the client about the birth experience. This increased positive experience combined with the support of a doula in the immediate postpartum leads to a decrease in postpartum mood disorders.

Teen Focused Child Birth Education

Are you having a baby and wanting to feel more confident and empowered? This series is for you!

Our 8-week series is taught by local community experts and birth professionals and is specifically catered to pregnant teens, their partners, and families. Classes are 2 hours a week and will focus weekly on changes during the end of pregnancy, labor and delivery, creating a postpartum support system, breast/chest feeding, bottle feeding, newborn care and more. Snacks will be provided, please bring your support person (or 2!) and comfortable clothing. Taught by local community experts and birth professionals
Transportation may be available upon request.

  • Session 1: April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25 [Canceled due to COVID-19]
  • Session 2: July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Session 3: October 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2, 9, 16, 23

Birth Chat

Birth Chat is a monthly judgment-free community conversation.

Pregnant and parenting teens are invited to share, question and explore everything pregnancy and birth. No set topic will be picked, this is a time to talk about what is of interest to you and build a community of support around you. Did you just have your baby? Come share your birth story and celebrate with us! Babies in arms welcome, but please keep bigger kiddos at home.

Session Dates:
  • Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • April 22, May 20, June 24, July 15, August 19, September 23, October 21, November 18, December 9

Support our Perinatal Advocacy Program

Your donation will go directly to support pregnant and parenting teens of color with access to reproductive education and support; nurturing guidance into parenthood that honors the teens and their stories; and doula care that encourages self-empowerment and amplifies the voices of young birthing people.

The Firecracker Foundation Perinatal Advocacy services are supported in part by a grant from WomenStrong International.