MODABA is committed to overcoming breastfeeding barriers in the African American and BIPOC community. Our Breast is Best Then the Rest Program is focused on YOU! We want to know why your intentions around breastfeeding, the WHY's and the WHY NOT'S! We want to know what will help you to latch your baby just after birth and continue to latch them up until at least 6 weeks postpartum and all the challenges/success in between. We will train people that are culturally reflective and culturally sensitive to support you! MODABA is all about loving on our families and supporting them/us to thrive. As always, we offer resources, referrals, information and education to support to help you along the way.
Below are some of the reasons why:
"Breastfeeding is beneficial to almost all mothers and infants, but the benefits may be significantly greater for minority women. Minority women are disproportionately affected by adverse health outcomes, which may improve with breastfeeding."
"African Americans continue to have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation (60%) and continuation at 6 months (28%) and 12 months (13%) compared to all other racial/ethnic groups the United States...African American women (32%) are also more likely than most minority groups to provide formula supplementation by 2 days of life."
Article: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Breastfeeding
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With the onset of a pandemic, where social distancing and mask wearing has become the new normal, MODABA sought out to address the challenges that can come with being isolated, overwhelmed and limited in resources. As a result the Wellness Within Reach Program was created. Wellness Within Reach started as a 3 month pilot program on October 12, 2020 offered online via ZOOM. We focus on the needs of those most vulnerable and at risk during COVID; families of color. Challenges such as increased restrictions to access healthcare, systemic racism and financial, resource and housing uncertainty has placed our community of Black, Brown and Indigenous families at greater risk for poor birth outcomes, miscarriages, increased stress and mental health challenges especially during the time surrounding pregnancy. If you need some extra support, would like to take a class or participate in a small group please view our upcoming classes by clicking on the class tab at the top of the website. To register, click on the black bar under Welcome to MODABA to complete our registration form. Classes are constantly being updated so please continue to check our calendar for new offerings. Feel free to send us an email if you'd like to make a class suggestion. Thank you ROSE: Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere for funding our WWR Pilot.
Homebirth | Doula Support | Postpartum Care | Breastfeeding Support | Herbal Remedies | Resources & Referrals
MODABA offers family centered care, tailored to you and your family's needs. We pride ourselves in paying special attention to addressing mom, dad and/or baby's wellness mentally, physically and emotionally. We are here to ensure that you are an active participant and ultimately the designer consultant and authority of your health and wellness. It is our vision that every mom, dad and baby thrive before, during and after pregnancy!
Our mission: To elevate consciousness before, during and after pregnancy while offering quality care for optimal outcomes.
Our vision: EVERY FAMILY THRIVES!
Zoom Wellness Classes for MEN ONLY| 1:1 Nutritional consultations | General well being check-ins | RESPECT!
Immediate postpartum newborn exams | Newborn screen for CCHD | Newborn metabolic screen | Referrals for hearing screening
Fatima Muhammad Roque, MPH
Mona Ziems, LM, CPM
To learn more about Mona click on her photo
Fatima has been a birthworker for over 20 years. She began her path in the birthworld as a DONA certified doula and a HealthConnect One Community Based Doula trainer. In 2008, she started her journey to midwifery. This led to her attendance of births in Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, Uganda and Haiti.
Fatima has worked in the local Phoenix community since 2004, where she was employed with the Phoenix Birthing Project focusing on reducing high infant mortality rates in the African American community. Since then she has continued to focus on improving birth outcomes and experiences for families of color, reducing health disparities and infant mortality while helping families to empower themselves as a unit to thrive.
For the past 7 years, Fatima has joyfully worked as a student midwife with Wendi Cleckner LM CPM of Freedom and the Seed where she continues as a birth worker. In addition she delightfully attends births with Mona Ziems LM, CPM of Light Upon Light Midwifery.
Fatima has a Master's Degree in Public health from A.T. Still University and a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology from the University of Arizona. One way she utilizes these skills is through work with the local South Phoenix Community of Practice to improving quality food access, food autonomy and wellness for families in the South Phoenix Area. Currently focusing on the:
2025 Food Action Plan:
Goal 1: Healthy Food for All
Goal 2: Strengthening our Local Economy
Goal 3: Celebrate Local & Diverse Agriculture
Goal 4: Maintain a Sustainable Environment
Goal 5: A Resilient Food System
" MODABA stands for more than Moms, Dads & Babies.
We stand for a thriving family and community!"
- Fatima Muhammad Roque
We offer quality doula support tailored to your needs in any setting; home, birth center and/or hospital.