Maternal Child Health Immersive Bus Tour


The 2019 Motown Experience: Birth and Breastfeeding Conference is excited to present you with a maternal child health immersion experience like never before.  Participate in site visits at several of Motown’s Maternal Child Health Agencies.  See innovative models, tour sites and learn from program staff and participants about their birth and breastfeeding practices. Additionally, delight in an integrated guided tour of Detroit’s infamous historic sites.  Listed below are the tour stops!!!

Bus Route A & B

Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Associations (BMBFA) mission is to reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding support for black families. BMBFA optimizes the first food experience through direct service, education and advocacy.  Learn about BMBFA’s signature Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Club, nationally accredited home visiting community-based doula service, and its Mommy Ambassadors.  The Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Club® is a community-centered, mother-led breastfeeding group. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers come together for fellowship, sisterhood, parenting and breastfeeding support. Longstanding Clubs are located in Detroit, MI and Shreveport, LA.  The Community-based Doula Program is a nationally accredited home-visiting service that connects pregnant mothers of Detroit, MI with a community birth worker. Doulas support families with maternal care during pregnancy, labor & birth, early postpartum care, breastfeeding; and newborn care. The BMBFA Mommy Ambassadors is a group of BMBFA Mommies working to influence and shape institutional, local, state and national policies and practices.







Bus Route B

D-Town Farm is a seven acre urban farm located in Detroit’s Rouge Park operated by the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.  D-Town Farm annually grows more than 30 different types of fruits, vegetables, and herbs using organic, regenerative methods. D-Town Farm raises bees for pollination and honey production. The farm utilizes solar energy, rainwater retention, large-scale composting and other sustainable practices.  The farm features a children’s area with a playscape and a pizza oven made of mud and straw. D-Town Farm offers monthly public programs for children and families each year between May and September. Additionally, the farm trains new interns and volunteers and gives tours to hundreds of visitors each year.






Bus Route A

Too many babies in Detroit die before their first birthday. Babies have the best chance when their moms are healthy. But, with all of life’s demands, our own health often takes a back seat. At the Women-Inspired Neighborhood Network (WINN), we are women helping women live their best lives. We connect women with tools to address their immediate needs so they can focus on their health and the health of their babies and families.





Bus Route A

Brilliant Detroit is a non-profit dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy and stable. We do this by providing evidence-based programming and support year round out of Brilliant Detroit sites in high-need neighborhoods. We are focused on offering a nurturing space for our communities, and our participants report feeling loved and welcomed at Brilliant Detroit, which has become their second home.

We are dedicated to working with, for, and by our communities, specifically focused on education, health, family support, and neighbor connections. We currently work in six neighborhoods, and will open even more sites throughout 2019 and beyond! Together with our more than 80 organizational partners we are a growing movement of kid success in Detroit.

Some of our highlighted work related to working with, for, and by mothers and babies: We partner with Black Mothers Brest Feeding Association (BMBFA), LENA Start, Detroit Parent Network, Raising a Reader, Wayne Metro, Make your Date, MSU’s BEE’s. Nurse Family Partnership, and other partners to offer a variety of programs from parent education to early literacy efforts to meeting the social, emotional, and physical health needs of both mothers and babies. 



Bus Route B

Established in 1987, Focus: HOPE’s Early Childhood Education Program: Serve over 200 children per year; Serve over 250 women a year with peer to peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.  

  • Peer to Peer Doula & Breastfeeding Services for pregnant women and new mothers, we provide free, in-home non-medical support, childbirth education and community resources.
  • Early Learning – Focus: HOPE is a proud member of the Thrive By Five Detroit collaborative, working to bring seamless Great Start Readiness Program, Early Head Start and Head Start services for children from birth to five years old.



Bus Route A
Pumpspotting Breast Express or Barb (bus name) is known as the breastfeeding RV or a luxury lactation lounge on wheels.  Barb is a 40-foot nursing and pumping suite that drives to communities throughout the nation to support breastfeeding moms while sharing stories and tips.
If you missed Barb in 2018 during the first Breast Express Tour, be sure to catch Breast Express 2.0 in Detroit during the Motown Experience: Birth & Breastfeeding Conference.

Bus Routes A & B

The last stop for a photo opp is the The Motown Museum. “Hitsville U.S.A.” is the nickname given to Motown’s first headquarters.