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Nurture was founded to improve the health and wellbeing of Richmond’s childbearing families through fitness, education, social support, and community engagement. We envision a world where all families are supported through the journey of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. We believe that pregnancy, birth, and early parenting comprise a critical life transition that has profound and long-lasting effects on parents, babies, family, and society. Tending this transition wisely results in significant and long-term benefits in the health of children and families. 

Like many of our colleagues across the perinatal health and early parenting communities, we were shocked to learn of the leaked Supreme Court draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. While the decision is not final, it demonstrates that the right to safe, legal abortion is in grave danger.

At Nurture, we believe that all people have a fundamental human right to bodily autonomy throughout the reproductive life cycle. Abortion care is an essential part of the continuum of reproductive health care, and restrictions on reproductive freedom disproportionately harm low-income and marginalized communities. People with the capacity to conceive have an inherent right to determine whether and when to have children, and to have access to quality health care and support throughout the reproductive life cycle, free from coercion or discrimination. Nurture stands in solidarity with allies across Richmond to support the right of all people to make autonomous decisions about childbearing and birth.

The Board and Staff of Nurture

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