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Cleveland-based organization dedicated to the changing black infant mortality rate

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — The death rate for black infants is more than double that of white infants, according to the CDC, and health care disparities for African Americans are the main cause.

In the continuation of our Black History Month series, FOX 8 takes a look at a Cleveland-based organization dedicated to changing these startling statistics one healthy baby at a time.

The non-profit association, Birth of beautiful communities, is a growing community of birth attendants, primarily providing social support to pregnant women most at risk of infant mortality during the perinatal period.

The BBC was established in 2014 by African American-trained Perinatal Support Persons, or PSPs, in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland. Since its inception, the organization has served as an agency for the training, certification and employment of PSPs.

The organization is expanding, with the goal of building a brand new headquarters in the Glenville neighborhood within two years.

Learn more about the organization and the women it has helped in the video above.