The Houston Birthing Connection (HBC) is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide support for middle- and high-school teens who reside in Harris County and its surrounding counties.
HBC was founded in 2006 by Tieasha James who is the Founder/Executive Director. She birthed the program: 1) due to the needs of teens who were lost in the system after making a life changing decision as an adolescents, 2) teens not having a chance to experience their full life, and 3) so many teens failing to graduate with a high school diploma or GED.
Our primary goal is to empower young people to achieve the best futures possible for themselves and their children, by providing information, resources, parenting education, career development, academic guidance, and emotional support to pregnant and parenting teens.
By drawing on the strength of our diverse community, HBC hopes to encourage a sense of belonging which will combat the cycle of hopelessness, depression, and neglect these young families often face, and encourage them to realize their individual potential, so that they can become healthy and contributing members of our community.
This program seeks to connect young parents with the resources they need to have safe, comfortable pregnancies and birthing experiences, while establishing healthy relationships with their new babies. HBC recognizes the need for support in all the diverse areas of our young parents' lives, including academic performance, social support, and practical parenting techniques, all while achieving the overriding goals of connection, education, and empowerment.
Why Our Program and Why Now: It’s very simple! Our approach supports female pregnant girls and we have gone one step further and have modules for the fathers to ensure that we can effect a complete transformation in both parents. Our Male Support Father’s Program focusing on positive mindset, change and consequences.
Additionally, HBC will offer a mastermind program that focuses on mindset exercises and clarity-centered programs which are the backbone of all our offerings, as we believe that having a positive mindset is the beginning of a long-lasting life’s journey.
HBC’s social justice component has been our lead-in for collaborating efforts with other supportive entities. HBC is in support of all five interrelated principles of social justice; which includes access to resources, equity, participation, diversity, and human rights. Planned Parenthood is one of the organizations in support of this form of social justice.
HBC has a need of $50,000 to re-start this program with the commitment to provide assistance to 100-200 pregnant teens through our program services. Since the beginning of 2021, HBC has become a referral source for pregnant teens through our Resource & Referral Program efforts.