In the new decade of 2020, many support organizations making great strides in helping to make sure African American couples receive fertility services and financing equal to that provided for the white community. These support organizations have been founded to offset the fact that African American women suffer from infertility twice as much as white women.
Fertility Support Groups for Black Couples
Tinina Q. Cade Foundation
The Cade Foundation was co-founded by Dr. Camille Hammond in 2005 with the mission of providing fertility education and support to African American communities. This non-profit provides information, support, and financial resources to needy African American couples trying to start a family. The Cade Foundation also provides grants to help with the cost of fertility treatment and adoption. There have been 87 babies born thanks to Cade Foundation.
Mission Statement: We believe that everyone can become a parent!
Sister Girl Foundation
The founder of Sister Girl Foundation – Shantana Hazel – has fought to promote infertility awareness in black communities. Sister Girl provides financial resource referrals to black couples. Founded in 2010, Sister Girl has brought awareness to black communities about endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and cervical cancer. Sister Girl’s mission is to help black women take control of their power to deal with infertility.
The key power of knowledge is to not suffer from infertility in silence.
Broken Brown Egg
Founded in 2009 by Regina Townsend, the Broken Brown Egg is a non-profit spreading infertility awareness and providing support for African American women. Regina has honestly advocated and proudly represented the black community facing infertility struggles.
Mission Statement: To help provide a voice to African Americans facing infertility struggles with the commitment of building connections between patients and fertility providers.
Fertility for Colored Girls
This national organization was founded in 2013 with the purpose of helping black women who are struggling with infertility, miscarriage, and loss of a child. Fertility for Colored Girls provides education, awareness, support, and encouragement to black couples seeking to build a family.
- Increase access to medical services and financial resources leading to a parenthood pathway
- Educate and raise infertility, miscarriage, and infant loss awareness in the African American community
- Eradicate falsehoods about infertility in the black community – dispel myths
- Provide support for those who are experiencing infertility, miscarriage, and infant loss
- Provide financial support as needed to help with fertility treatment costs and expenses
- Educate healthcare providers about cultural sensitivity
Fertility Care for Black Women
If you are a black woman, you must be proactive with your reproductive health so as to avoid an increased risk for future infertility. Not only must black women visit their gynecologist annually, their annual checkups must go beyond a Pap smear to protect their future fertility health. Your gynecologist should conduct a feel-check of your pelvic organs – cervix, uterus, ovaries – to detect the presence of any medical problem that could be keeping you from getting pregnant.
- Pelvic Exam – Checks internal reproductive organs for normality by feeling their shape and size
- Pap Test – Checks for cancer of the cervix
- Breast Exam – Checks for cancer visually and by feel
Don’t wait until you have signs and symptoms that something is wrong with your reproductive system before making an appointment.
Compassionate & Culture-Sensitive Fertility Care Expertise
Infertility does not discriminate based upon a person’s ethnicity. All members of the African American community are welcome to work with Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs. The Infertility Doctor has the clinical experience required to design a family plan meeting your personal and medical needs. Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with The Infertility Doctor – or – call 888.325.7389.