New York State ranks 46th in the nation for maternal mortality rates and nationally, African American women are four times more likely than White women to die in childbirth. In New York State African American women are three times more likely to die during or shortly after giving birth.
Rev. Diann Holt is an Associate Minister of Durham Memorial AME Zion Church. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor, a Dona Birth Doula, a retired nurse and social worker and she founded and operates Durham’s Baby Café in Buffalo, N.Y. Durham’s Baby Café is the very first Baby Café to open in New York State where she serves as Executive Director.
In June, Rev. Holt was appointed as WNY representative on Governor Cuomo’s Taskforce on Maternal Mortality and Disparities in Racial Outcomes. This comprehensive initiative will work to correct unacceptable racial disparities in maternal mortality and help ensure a healthier and stronger New York for all. Rev. Holt is also one of the many WNY representatives attending NYS Health Commissioners Doula Listening Sessions and she is participating in NYS Health Department Breastfeeding Webinars.
Rev. Diann Holt is a proud Life Member of the NAACP. She is an advocate for Health Equity and Access and believes in great changes with regard to optimal health for all New Yorkers are on the Horizon.