Save My Life Program

Reducing Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes with Culturally Relevant Support & Classes

The Save My Life Program is a free, culturally sensitive education and support program for women of color in Sarasota. Classes are available in-home, on-site, and in various locations throughout North Sarasota.

Classes include:

  • Childbirth Education
  • Breastfeeding Education and Support after the baby is born
  • Kangaroo Care
  • Parenting Education
  • Safe Sleep Education (*Complete all classes and receive a free pack-n-play for your baby!)
  • Interconception Health (Getting healthy between pregnancies.)

If you or someone you know is interested in signing up for free support and education from the Save My Life Program, please contact: Beverly Phelps, Program Coordinator, 941-373-7070 Ext. 306

History of the Save My Life Program:

The Save My Life Program was developed as a community-driven solution to the growing racial disparities in birth and health outcomes in Sarasota County.  In 2008 a collaborative effort began between Gulfcoast South Area Health and Education Center, students from the University of South Florida, the Newtown Health Advisory council, and local stakeholders including leading Perinatologist Dr. Washington Hill to create a program with strong input from the Newtown community to address these significant issues.  The program name – Save My Life – is an acronym describing the services originally provided by the program, which began offering services in 2009.

Client Testimonial:

I really appreciate the classes with Ms. Beverly because she taught me a lot of new things, even though this was my fourth daughter. I learned how to breastfeed easier and was able to nurse this child the longest out of all my children. She also taught me new ways of deep breathing that made the contractions during labor more manageable. Beverly was always willing to break down anything I didn’t understand. I was very grateful to have her support. Thank you so much!

Shaketta Save My Life Program Client

Thank you funders for your support!

Funding for this program provided by:

Bank of America Client Foundation, Virginia White Clark Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee

Florida Winefest and Auction

and Private Donations.

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