Believe Her is an anonymous peer support app with the mission to increase awareness of the Black maternal health crisis and develop and promote evidence-based strategies that improve health outcomes for Black birthing people and families.
ABOUT THE APP
They say it takes a village and they aren't kidding. Join our community and be a part of change.
Ever feel like you just needed someone to talk to who understood where you're at? Let's start talking here!
A nation wide network of Black birthing people can bring a tribe together. Our digital platform can connect people from afar.
Talk to those who have walked a mile in your shoes to learn from experience and more!
Be with those who understand and can help guide you to a place of healing.
One voice may be overheard, but all of our voices can be a stark message to all of those who didn't believe her.
CHANGE MUST BEGIN NOW
A Community All Too Often Overlooked
Black mothers should not be statistics
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black Mothers in the U.S. are dying at 3 to 4 times the rate of White Mothers.
- Black Americans are 20% more likely to report serious psychological distress than White Americans, but are less likely to use mental health services.
- In 2018, 11.5% of Black adults in the U.S. had NO form of health insurance.
- Increasing rates of mental health issues and lack of qualified therapists (shortage of 250k clinicians by 2025 – U.S. Department of Health andHuman Services) negatively impacts Black Americans.
Black Mothers Are:
The birthing journey for Black birthing people is dramatically impacted and directly correlated to the care they receive.
WHO IS IN THE BELIEVE HER APP?
FOURTH TRIMESTER MOMMY
Vanessa is a mother who has seen it all along her journey and wants to be here to help other avoid the pitfalls she experienced.
Kiara lives life with the tragic loss of her beloved friend. Having been a part of the front line in the fight against the systemic racism for the Black birthing mother, she's here to try to save lives that are all to tragically lost.
Elle and her partner have both experienced quite a stereotypical struggle becoming Black birthing people. They are here to tell their unique challenges face along the way.
Scared about her second journey
Monique and her husband have come to share their story about successes and failures as a Black birthing couple that barely made the journey to parenthood.
Bring your story to Believe Her
Be the next person to join our community of those looking to make a change for good. Become part of our fierce network of amazing individuals dedicated to helping protect the lives of Black birthing people.
THE NUMBERS SEEM TO NEVER STOP
The statistics tell us it is time for us to take action and begin change here. We know when a community comes together everyone benefits. Please join us on our journey to send a message, to all those who need help, of prosperity and hope. We can and will make a difference.
We are Believe Her.
Your Friends From Dr. Shalon's Maternal Action Project
Our mission is to increase awareness of the Black maternal health crisis and develop and promote evidence-based strategies that improve health outcomes for Black birthing people and families.
Maternal mortality is a complex issue. We believe change needs to happen at national and institutional levels, supported by leaders in politics and healthcare. But we also believe that the most powerful tool a black mother has is her voice.
That’s why we developed four pillars with which we use as the base of our action and strategic partnerships. All the work that we do is centered around Storytelling, Empowerment, Community-Building, and Education.
At Dr. Shalon’s Maternal Action Project, we work to remove barriers, biases, and disparate practices that impede access to equitable, quality care for Black women and women of color.
Our work is based on the life philosophy of Dr. Shalon:
“I see inequity wherever it exists. I am not afraid to call it by name and work hard to eliminate it. I vow to create a better earth.”
Dr. Shalon Irving began her journey as a Black birthing mother and couldn't have been more excited! Soleil was welcomed into this world and made Shalon the happiest mom on the planet!2017
On January 28, 2017, Dr Shalon Irving passed away from complications after giving birth to her daughter, Soleil. We believe that her death was preventable.2017
Shalon's passion for justice and trailblazing work in community health inspire us to fight for a bright future for black mothers—one in which black women are not dismissed, but are heard, respected, and cared for as equal individuals. We created Dr. Shalon's Maternal Action Project in her legacy.2019
Believe Her app was created to make a safe space for Black birthing people to have a forum where they can share their stories to help others navigate their journeys!2021
STAY IN TOUCH
Please let us know if you have any questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We love to work with all types of people who support our cause and would love to speak with you!