Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Joyce West, Founding Executive Director
The History of Saving Our Babies and Family Engagement.
Saving Our Babies & Family Engagement (SoBFE) is a faith-based, parent support, and family engagement organization. The Founder Joyce Dickerson West is a Christian, African American, Social Worker and has experienced loss through miscarriage.
She has extensive experience working in parent support, parenting education, family engagement and early childhood programs.While creating a professional development opportunity for staff at one her city's largest hospitals, she discovered the shameful and alarming rate of infant mortality across the United States.
Understanding, first hand the emotional, soul wrenching, impact of infant loss and the experience of an adverse birth outcome she knew she had to use her knowledge, skills, and gift of supporting families and early childhood education to intervene in this issue that has been called a silent crisis.
SoBFE raises awareness among faith-based communities about the need for a response to this crisis. The mental and spiritual wellbeing of parents and their family who have experienced or who or who are at risk to experience premature birth are the focus of services Saving Our Babies & Family Engagement provides.