Being a mom isn’t supposed to be done alone. The saying “It takes a village to raise a child” exists for a reason. These days the village looks like online mom groups, but not all of these parenting groups are inclusive of the needs, concerns, and experiences of Black moms. That’s why Black mom groups are so important.
Black mom groups provide a safe space to talk without fear of judgment or being deleted and blocked like they would on parenting groups that are on some ol’ “All Moms Matter” bullshit. We’ve rounded up a list of online groups and communities created just for Black moms for you to join across five categories:
(Note: This post will be updated regularly to add new Black mom groups, and remove those that have retired. We cannot vouch for the content within these groups as many are private.)
These parenting groups offer support and community for all Black moms. Make some new digital aunties and play cousins for your kids at any one of these groups.
Akina is a free app that provides a safe space for Black moms to connect. The app has groups based on location, identity, and children’s age ranges; is the home to some of your favorite Black mom podcasts and creators; and may be where you find your new mom friend!
Black LGBTQ+ Moms
The motherhood space is super heteronormative, and often excludes the experiences of lesbian, queer, and gender nonconforming and nonbinary parents. “We deserved a space to safely communicate and find support,” writes Mia Cooley, the creator of Black LGBTQ+ Moms. The Facebook group and Instagram page were made “with the intention of building community amongst mothers across the spectrum.”
Melanin Moms “is a support group for moms of black children and expecting mothers. Come showcase your babies and get helpful advice from other moms like yourself!”
Black Moms Connection
The Toronto-based Black Moms Connection is an online, global community known for its impactful events. It also has a Facebook group that acts as “a positive environment for Black mothers where we can share ideas, encourage each other and connect.”
If you’re looking for local connections, the community has Facebook groups for its Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles, Asia, York region, Calgary, and Edmonton-based members.
The Mommy Grind
While not explicitly only for Black moms, The Mommy Grind is a majority-Black Facebook group created by a Black mom named Rabiah Duncan. With a goal of connecting moms around the world, “The Mommy Grind Facebook Group is a safe, non-judgmental space for mothers to seek solutions on how to navigate the daily grind in their personal and professional lives.”
LGBTQ+ Moms is a Facebook group for lesbian, queer, and gender nonconforming and nonbinary parents. Two of the admins are Black folks, so we’re hoping that translates to being a truly safe space for Black parents.
The Facebook group black.moms.united (BMU) makes a point to be inclusive of all the ways people become moms and parents: Since we know ‘mom’ can have a variety of origins,” the group description states, “we know mothers have a variety of questions and needs. This includes Black birth mxms, foster mxms, adopted mxms, stepmxthers, family members raising a younger sibling or cousin, grandmxthers raising grandchildren, transmxms, and so on. Each of you is welcome here.”
Black Moms is a great space to “show off your kids, ask for advice, or share your latest recipes! We discuss life as it relates to motherhood, friendships, dating, relationships, children, and beyond!”
Parenting Is Political
Partners Jasmine (she/her) and Mo (they/them) created Parenting Is Political to provide resources to families and parents that aren’t defined by heteronormative family ideals:
“We celebrate the resilience and beauty of families otherwise rejected and prejudiced against by the myth of the ‘traditional/nuclear family.’”
Ye Kenfe Lij
Ye Kenfe Lij is “a safe space for parents of the African Diaspora to engage in authentic dialogue, contribute parenting expertise, and create a global community of excelling Black parents and children through the power of unity.”
The Mommy Group by MyMommyVents
Doula and maternal wellness coach Tiffany G’s Facebook group was created to “inspire, empower, and inform mothers.”
“Whether you’re a new, expecting, or experienced mom,” the group description states, “The Mommy Group provides information and support.”
Black Moms Blog Community
An offshoot of the eponymous site, this Facebook group is a “support group for mothers who may have questions about homeschooling, potty training, natural hair, or just parenting in general.” Join more than 26,000 other Black moms in this group for support and community.
Black Non-Binary, Trans, and Queer Fertility, Pregnancy, and Parenting
This new Facebook group focuses on providing “parenting while queer” support to “LGBTQIA humans, especially those that don’t ID as [cisgender].” (Go back to the menu.)
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In-person connection is a lot harder to come by these days. But the following local Black mom groups host events that connect you with parents in your area—either virtually or socially distanced for now.
Mocha Moms, Inc. (Nationwide)
We had to start with two of the O.G.s of Black mom groups. Mocha Moms has local chapters of Black moms across the country. It also has several national online networks focused on specific issues such as marriage support and raising teens and tweens.
Originally considered the destination for stay-at-home moms, Mocha Moms is open to all who “are making parenting a priority during this season in their lives.”
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (Nationwide)
The other O.G. is Jack and Jill of America, Inc. This invitation-only group is “for mothers with children ages 2 to 19, dedicated to nurturing future leaders by supporting children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty.”
With 247 chapters of more than 40,000 families, Jack and Jill provides a space dedicated to raising well-rounded children and supporting parents in doing so.
District Motherhued (DMV-Area)
Moms who live in D.C. or Maryland and Virginia have District Motherhued to lean on for Black mom support. The collective “provides a safe, judgement-free place to celebrate (or commiserate—depends on the day 😉 ), motherhood, and connect with other like-minded moms.”
And the women who created it—Nikki Osei-Barrett and Simona Noce Wright—are also the brilliant minds behind The Momference, the premiere millennial Black mom conference.
Brown Mamas (Pittsburgh)
Created by motivational speaker, author, and homeschooling mom Muffy Mendoza, Brown Mamas is a safe space for Pittsburg moms of color. The group provides “positive socialization opportunities” and connects members with “the resources and information they need to raise happy, healthy adults.”
Moms In Color (Los Angeles)
Some of your favorite L.A.-based influencers—Christina Brown, Brandi Sellers-Jackson, Candace Montgomery, Ashley Chea, and Kelly McKnight—created this intentional space for moms of color. Moms In Color is “a collective created to celebrate diversity and intersectional motherhood. [Its] primary mission is to inspire, motivate, and spread awareness around the topics that affect Black mothers most.”
Moms of Color (New Orleans)
Moms of Color‘s community “is run as a village that focuses on an Afrocentric way of parenting, where all play a part in their mission.” Along with a blog, podcast, and group chat, Moms of Color also has a physical space that serves as a gathering spot for Black moms and their children to get support and give each other love.
Black Moms of the Carolinas (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Black Moms of the Carolinas is “a place to turn to” for moms in Charlotte and surrounding areas to vent and to get and give advice on managing motherhood’s ups and downs. (Note: Though it is open to moms in other parts of North Carolina and South Carolina, most events are held in Charlotte.)
Families Of Color Seattle
Families looking for community in diversity-starved Seattle, should look no further than the nonprofit FOCS Seattle. Along with hosting a Black Moms only group, the organization has multiple groups across ages, identities, and affinities.
Queery Chicago has a list of support groups for queer parents and families in the Chicagoland area, from alternative insemination programs to queer-friendly adoption agencies.
Black Moms of San Francisco
Are you a mom in the Bay? This Meetup group offers “a fun and relaxed space for Black mothers of infants and toddlers to get to know each other.
Black Moms ATX
“Black Mamas ATX’s mission is to ensure that Black women survive and thrive before, during and after childbirth. We envision a world without maternal health disparities. Our goal is to reduce and ultimately eliminate the alarming maternal mortality and morbidity rates among Black mothers in Central Texas.”
Black Mothers United (Sacramento County)
Black pregnant folks are more likely to experience premature births and deliver babies with low birth weight. (This is a part of the Black maternal mortality crisis.) Black Mothers United is a program that hopes to “ensure smooth, safe, and healthy pregnancies” through education, resources, support, and community.
Black Moms Magic (Richmond, Virginia)
A social group on Meetup, Black Mom Magic is for moms in Richmond looking for other moms to “laugh, learn, and support.”
Black Parent Initiative (Portland, Oregon)
“The Black Parent Initiative (BPI) was established in 2006 to help families achieve financial, educational and spiritual success. BPI was founded and organized on a large body of educational research that demonstrates the importance of parental and family engagement in attaining educational success for children.”
“We know the famous saying it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes one to support mom,” writes MomSpace&Co founder Antonia Boakye. “Our mission is to be able to help in each phase of motherhood from providing resources, sharing our knowledge, [and] making connections all [through] community.” The Germantown, Maryland-based group does this through community events, social media, and a Slack group.
Mxm Bloc PDX (Portland, Oregon)
“Mxm Bloc is a Black womxn led group with a mission to mobilize all mxms, caregivers, and nurturers to support amazing PDX organizations supporting food justice, equitable housing and education, reparations, health care, and general love and support to the Black community! We believe that through the leadership of Black womxn, and the support and conspiratorship of others, we can change the world—one mxm at a time!”
Black Parents Alliance (Tacoma, Washington)
Tacoma Urban League has a wealth of programming and initiatives to support Black families in the city meet their pregnancy, parenting, and education goals for their families. The Black Parents Alliance is an arm of the Urban League that “works within the community to discuss relevant topics, gain information, and make decisions to improve the education of their children.”
Black Moms of Suburbia (Texas, North Carolina, and Oregon)
Created in 2019 as a Facebook group, this nonprofit is focused on creating a tribe of women who want the best for their families while living in a community where they are the minority. With chapters in three states, “Black Moms of Suburbia provides access to black owned local businesses, social outings, play dates, and lasting friendships.”
Black Moms Miami
“Black Moms Miami is a community of conscious moms dedicated to protecting, educating, and celebrating Black children by curating family-friendly events, promoting Black and women-owned businesses, providing valuable family resources, as well as recommending products and services that every busy mom should have in her toolkit.” (You can also follow them on Instagram.)
Mom & Babe and Parent & Babe (Birmingham, Alabama and Virtual)
These groups were created by doula and certified childbirth and breastfeeding educator Kayla Bitten to support new moms (no matter how many kids they have) in building bonds with their babies, from the time their newborns up to their toddler years.
Parents of Black Children (Canada)
Parents of Black Children is an advocacy group committed to supporting Black families in Canada in securing equitable access to education.
The group provides a “safe and supportive place for parents and Black students to share their experiences and issues within the school system as well as develop strategies and recommendations to improve the experience of Black students within schools.”
Dope Black Mums (U.K.)
Dope Black Mums is a Facebook group, Instagram account, podcast, and digital safe space for UK-based mums. (Go back to the menu.)
Getting, staying, and being pregnant all require support—and the same is true when your baby arrives. The following groups provide the TLC you need during this special time and time. (We have another list to help you if you’re looking specifically for breastfeeding support.)
Fertility for Colored Girls
A CDC study found that Black women are almost two times more likely to experience infertility than their white counterparts, but are less likely to seek out treatment and support. Fertility for Colored Girls is a destination for Black women navigating fertility issues. Created by Rev. Dr. Stacey L. Edwards-Dunn, FFCG provides community, grants, resources, and more.
The Broken Brown Egg—Shellshocked Chat
Regina Townsend went through the ringer to become a mom while dealing with infertility. (She talked to me about the experience in an Instagram Live you won’t forget.)
The experience inspired her to start the Broken Brown Egg, a community dedicated to giving Black women experiencing infertility the support they need. The Shellshocked Chat on Facebook offers a more immediate space for that connection and support. You can also check out their new community on Mighty Networks.
Sisters in Loss
The silence around miscarriage, stillbirth, and pregnancy loss can make women who experience this trauma feel alone. Sisters In Loss was launched by birth and bereavement doula Erica M. McAfee to help Black women find healing in telling and hearing their loss story.
Along with listening to the podcast and visiting the site for resources, there’s also a Facebook group for support.
Black Mom’s Pregnancy, Postpartum & TTC Corner
A very active Facebook group, Black Mom’s Pregnancy, Postpartum & TTC Corner provides support to moms and moms-to-be.
Black Women’s Fertility, TTC, Pregnancy and Childbirth Support Group
This Facebook group was “created as a way to connect with other sisters regarding the special time in our life where we bring forth life from our wombs.”
Pregnant Melanin Moms & Babies
Are you considering a vaginal delivery without medicine? Pregnant Melanin Moms & Babies is a Facebook group for Black moms that “advocate[s] for as few medical interventions as possible (unless medically necessary).”
Black Moms Of Babies And Toddlers
In Black Moms Of Babies And Toddlers, “moms are able to share experiences related to their toddlers, seek advice from other moms, and build a support system within a community of moms.”
Black Moms of Toddlers
Got questions or need to vent about the Terrible Twos or having a Three-nager? Black Moms of Toddlers has you covered.
Black Moms That Cloth Diaper
If you’re interested in cloth diapering or already deep into the practice, you may want to check out Black Moms That Cloth Diaper.
Chocolate Milk Cafe
“Chocolate Milk Cafe is a peer-to-peer lactation support groups for those who identify of the African Diaspora,” explains board member LaShanda Dandrich. That support happens virtually these days, but when outside is open again, you can join their monthly in-person meetings at any one of their eight chapters around the country. (Want more breastfeeding support groups? Check out our list here.)
The two women behind this nonprofit, are trained therapists who “understand the psychological and physical changes that women experience during the perinatal period. We help women cope with difficult feelings associated with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, miscarriages, and grief/loss.”
Mrs. & Mrs. Trying to Conceive & Pregnancy Support
Mrs. & Mrs. is an Instagram and Facebook-based community for women who love women. They created a splinter group for Mrs. and Mrs. who are trying to become moms or who are pregnant and looking for community.
Black Preemie Parents Group
Black Preemie Parents Group is a Facebook group for parents “of children born prematurely to seek support, advice, share stories, or just vent as you go through your journey. No one understands the journey unless they have gone through it.” (Go back to the menu.)
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Society does not let little Black girls and boys be children for long. These spaces exist to confront and combat negative depictions of Black kids, and to just chat about your babies.
Mothers of Black Boys is an organization “dedicated to positively influencing how Black boys and men are perceived and treated by law enforcement and in society.” (And if you’re looking for Facebook communities of #BoyMoms, check out Moms Raising Black Boys and Moms of Black Sons)
Moms of Black Girls is an organization focused on influencing policy through promoting positive images of Black girls and women. Its Facebook group is a “tool to facilitate dialogue and seek advice regarding anything from education, to hair, to dating.”
Moms of Black Daughters is “an inclusive membership organization consisting of over 30,000 mothers of black daughters [that is] committed to honoring the mother-daughter bond.” (Go back to the menu.)
Sometimes there are parts of your parenting experience that require connecting with people who are right there with you. The following groups do just that.
Black Autism Moms (B.A.M.)
Black Autism Moms (B.A.M.) is “a safe space for Black moms with children on the autism spectrum to come together to celebrate, encourage, and sometimes vent about their journeys.”
Conscious Parenting for Black Moms
Approaches to parenting differ, and parents who believe in mindful parenting and not physically disciplining their kids may feel out of place in general parenting spaces. The Conscious Parenting for Black Moms Facebook group is for moms who “believe in Positive, Mindful, Conscious, and Gentle Parenting.”
Black Single Moms Support Group
The Facebook community Black Single Moms Support Group is open to all moms—”we still need your input as a woman!” the description says—but is created specifically for single moms.
Mosaic Mamas: Black Moms of Multiracial & Multicultural Families wants to be a village for Black moms “who are raising multiracial, biracial, or mixed-race children in the 21st century to come together & speak on issues concerning race relations, race relations in regards to child rearing, interracial marriage/love/dating & other various concerns that are unique to us as black mothers of mixed children.”
Black Stay At Home Moms
Being a stay-at-home mom can come with some stigma and judgment. Feel seen and supported over at Black Stay At Home Moms, a Facebook group for stay-at-home moms who want a support system.
Melanated Mothers of ADD/ADHD Kids
Some people may think of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as issues more prevalent in white families. However a 2020 review of studies found Black kids are more likely to have ADHD than their white counterparts. Melanated Mothers of ADD/ADHD Kids provides the support moms need for navigating ADHD and Attention Deficit Disorder.
The Black Homeschooler Connection
The Black Homeschooler Connection is a safe space for homeschooling families. The space is there “to find solutions; to explore ways to empower each other and our children, and help them learn better; to be silly; to get advice; and to just overall connect with each other.” (Check out our list of more Black family homeschooling Facebook groups.)
“1M4 (AKA 1 Million Madly Motivated Moms) is a tribe of Black Moms working collectively to end police brutality through legislative policy, financial assistance to impacted families, and raising our children with interest in criminal justice and politics.We believe in fighting for justice while protecting our greatest weapon… our mental health.”
The M.R.S. Community
M.R.S.—Moms Redefining Sisterhood—is “a support group for single mothers to be encouraged, uplifted, and empowered to challenge society’s narrative of single motherhood.” As founder Ciera Dent explains, the community (which you can join through their Facebook group) provides “a safe haven for them to heal from brokenness and past traumas by introducing them to their personhood as woman first, mom second.” they’ve recently launched a membership. (Go back to the menu.)Akina is a free app that provides a safe space for Black moms to connect. The app has groups based on location, identity, and children’s age ranges; is home to some of your favorite Black mom podcasts and creators; and may be where you find your new mom friend!