Kenisha Norwood, left, and her 3-year-old son Xavier attend a social support and empowerment class for pregnant mothers put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies at Freeman Medical Arts Building on Monday, Feb. 23.
Expecting mothers attend the four-day workshop which covers health, nutrition, Sudden Infant Death Syndrom, and many other topics related to both before and after giving birth.
Health educator Cecie Trujillo holds 2-month-old Tray'von Lynn, son of class attendee Tamika Rosser. Inglewood-based Great Beginnings for Black Babies aims to reduce infant mortality through support like this class.
Health educator Cecie Trujillo introduces herself on the first day of the four-day class on Monday, Feb. 23. Trujillo has worked for the non-profit for more than a decade.
Four-month-old King Ace sits next to mother Shemera Williams during the social support and empowerment class on Monday Feb. 23.
Mother Tamika Rosser hands a bottle to Health Educator Cecie Trujillo for 2-month-old Tray'von Lynn. Great Beginnings for Black Babies also provides child care during the class.
Expecting mothers fill out a form on the first day of a four-day class put on by Great Beginnings for Black Babies.
African-American infants are more than twice as likely as white ones to die within their first year.
California has long had a program designed to help black women have healthy babies but the state changed the program in recent years. All of the participating cities and counties have adopted those changes - except for one: Los Angeles County.
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