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Birthing Barriers: An Extension of Kindred Space LA
Competition: Spark:Spring Student
Designer: Elizabeth Costa - UX/UI Designer
Design Type: Concept, Digital: Motion, Apps, Games, Health & Medical, Web, UX, UI, IXO, HCII
Company / Organization / School: ArtCenter College of Design
Team Members: Elizabeth Costa, Lauren Johnston & Melissa Fernandez
We began our data research and analysis on Black birthing and infant health in the U.S., the horrific statistics and experiences we read encouraged us to reflect on the resources and support that was needed in local L.A. marginalized communities. When having racial and health equity lessons about the social determinants that Black queer birthing people face and insightful conversations over the past several weeks with knowledge partners, we learned to evolve our app to best fit the needs of Kindred Space LA -- the first black birthing center in Los Angeles -- and their clients. We learned how to implement design solutions that are empathetic, community-based, and resourceful. In collaboration with Kindred Space LA, we’ve learned the real world implications of developing an app for Black, queer birthing people in South LA. With careful research and considering our positionalities as designers, we developed an app that provides gender affirming care, educational resources, and community building.