Our Values & Goals
"If a child in its first thousand days -- from conception to two years old -- does not have adequate nutrition, the damage is irreversible."
What We Believe
We believe that human beings are image bearers, endowed with God’s image in them, and because of that, all human beings matter, regardless of their ability, age, gender, race, socio-economic status, or religion. Human beings have worth, given and determined by God, simply because they are.
The belief in the worth of human beings leads us to believe that steps should be taken to lead to human flourishing wherever necessary. Generations have had selfish goals, instead of loving justice and seeking the peace and life of our neighbor, leading to the disparities we see in health care and in every other arena in our nation.
We believe human flourishing will occur through reparation, redemptive justice, racial reconciliation, and anti-racism resulting in equity and new, inventive systems where families have access to kind, compassionate, culturally competent care with informed consent, whenever they have need, regardless of their ability to pay.
Reparation is the process of making amends where wrong has been done. The worth inherent in human beings tells us that reparation is worthwhile and necessary.
Reducing infant and maternal mortality rates
Reducing pre-term birth rates
Increasing babies' birth weight
Increasing breastfeeding rates
Increasing the number of Black midwives and birth works of color
Our foundational goals are to provide easily accessible, culturally informed care for all women who are in need.
We want babies delivered at term, thriving in their first year, and we want their mothers to live to see them.
is justice that has its ends in reconciliation, peace, and flourishing.
If we consistently uphold our belief in human worth, reparation will always be a priority. Righting wrongs and conflict between each other is the first step.
We believe in redemptive justice which is justice that has its end in reconciliation, peace, and flourishing.
AWHS also believes that racism and resulting systems of inequality, poverty, objectification and experimentation of people of color require reparation on a systemic scale.
Redemptive justice is the cornerstone of our organization and is what love looks like when it’s facing the problems our neighbors are dealing with.
- Life-affirming or Intrinsic Human Value
- Human Flourishing
- Redemptive Justice
- Racial Conciliation
- Inventive Systems
- Posture of Heart
We acknowledge the complexity of the problems we are facing and understand that the systems that created these problems are multi-faceted. The systems we desire to create to address disparities must be holistically nuanced and strategic.