Mamatoto Village (2016)

Mamatoto Village is a Perinatal Family Support Organization based in Washington, D.C. It received a grant to expand maternity support and education for women and children.

The grant allowed Mamatoto Village to extend Maternity Support Services to 515 expectant and new mothers, including 103 who received services at pro bono or reduced rates. Services include perinatal health education, social service support, care coordination, advocacy and parenting support during pregnancy and after delivery. Funding also expanded stipends to Perinatal Health workers and grew the Maternity Support Program to full-time, resulting in a 45% boost in enrollment.

Women in the community now also have access to job training and mentorship, enhancing their career readiness. Many of Mamatoto’s trainees are low-resource women who have a desire to work, but often lack exposure to higher education or work experience. Skill building sessions address issues such as self-care, writing clinical case notes, time management, domestic violence, budgeting and career planning.

The Foundation’s support helped to strengthen Mamatoto’s partnerships in the community. The organization secured two additional Medicaid contracts in 2017, which set the stage for future expansion into new markets.

Mamatoto Village has continued to build on the tremendous success of the work accomplished through the grant. Focusing on program replication and scale, the ultimate goal is for the program to become a perinatal home visitation model for communities of color that can be shared and implemented by others.