In the Washington region, Black women are four times likelier than their white counterparts to die from childbirth and their infants are 10 times likelier to die than those born in the wealthiest communities. Committed to serving under-resourced families of color, Mamatoto fights this and other staggering disparities in maternal health care. Throughout pregnancy, and for the first three months after, mothers receive comprehensive, culturally-relevant services (health education, care coordination, labor and breastfeeding support, counseling, nutrition services, and social and mental health supports) that empower them to make informed decisions about their health, their parenting, and their lives. Inspired by the care they received, clients often return to serve their community as trained community health workers and lactation consultants thereby increasing the number of women of color employed in maternal health. Because every mom and every baby deserves quality care.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 7

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-City of Alexandria

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls


  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   450
  • Percentage of Full Term Delivery:   86%
  • Percentage of mothers initiating breastfeeding:   80.4%
  • Percentage of mothers delivering a baby with a healthy birth weight:   82%
  • Percentage of live births:   98%

Awards & Recognition

Roslyn S. Jaffe Award (2014)

Press

Budget (FY0)

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