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Friendraise or make a gift for our birth community!

Over a meal of empanadas, a small group of passionate volunteers and advocates sparked a movement that would elevate the voices of individuals affected by perinatal mental health issues and birth what is today, Maternal Mental Health NOW.

Nearly 15 years later, we are grounded in those same roots of commitment – that all parents and birthing people that are affected by perinatal depression or anxiety have access to timely, informed and culturally appropriate treatment. We are asking our key partners to rally their friends, family, and networks to support our work. By becoming a friendraiser or making a gift to Maternal Mental Health NOW, you will help Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable populations and elevate the solutions to perinatal mental health challenges.

With your help we can provide training for 3,000 providers and clinicians serving under-resourced families in Los Angeles County, develop programming for Black birth workers, increase our referral pathways and expand our storytelling initiative. We would love for you to be a part of it!

The commitment is small, but the impact is powerful. It starts with YOU!


Three ways to support:

  1. We invite you to host or co-host your very own Empanada Party! Bring together a group of great people (in-person, virtually or a hybrid of both) to raise awareness and support for perinatal mental health.

  2. Create your own friendraiser page to support our provider trainings, Black birth worker programs, referrals pathways and storytelling initiatives, or all of our collective work.

  3. Make a one-time or recurring gift to Maternal Mental Health NOW in support of our programs and initiatives.


Your gift will support scholarships for BIPOC identifying students or providers in the early stages of their career to participate in our trainings and help with the development of education, training and resources that serve and best meet the needs of the Black birth community.


Your gift will support individuals who have first-hand experience with depression, anxiety, loss or other trauma during the perinatal period and who wish to share their stories and help lessen the stigma for individuals seeking help for mental health issues during the perinatal period.


Your gift will help empower community members affected by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to define and share the resources that they find most valuable at helping to prevent and/or relieve their feelings of depression and/or anxiety during the perinatal period.


Thank you for making a commitment to remove the barriers of inaccessibility of care and stigma that often get in the way of a birthing person receiving timely, informed and culturally appropriate perinatal mental health care.

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