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Shades of Blue

The

Project

BREAKING CULTURAL BARRIERS IN MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH

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This year the Shades of Blue Project celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary!

Under Kay's leadership the organization has:

  • Secured and built out over 10,000 sq. ft. of office space to serve clients.

  • Opened the Shades of Blue Boutique—a place wherefamilies can come and select NEW clothes, shoes and accessories rather than being given a box of clothes.

  • In 2020 alone, they served over 1,500 clients in their North Houston facility providing, support sessions, healthcare services, and supplies such as diapers, and formula.

I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Method Training

How to successfully care for the maternal mental health of Black and Brown birthing individuals.

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Our 
Story

POSTPARTUM BY THE NUMBERS

 

A 2005 study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City found that 44 percent of Black women and nearly 47 percent of Hispanic women reported postpartum depressive symptoms (PPD) compared to 31 percent of White women.

And while Black women are more likely to have PPD, some researchers have suggested as many as 50% of women do not report it.

 

Black women may avoid talking about their depression due to feelings of embarrassment, shame, and fear of discriminatory attitudes due to racial stigma.

The I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Method Training

The I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Method Training was created to help healthcare professionals:

 

​• Identify unique stressors to Black and Brown birthing individuals and improve postpartum care and outcomes

 

• Address the biases and cultural stigmas that surround maternal mental health​

 

• Improve the quality of maternal mental health care birthing individuals receive

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