Black Maternal Health Conference & Training Institute
Dec
7
to Dec 10

Black Maternal Health Conference & Training Institute

Atlanta, Georgia

Black Mamas Matter Alliance

The Black Mamas Matter Alliance will host the Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute (BMHC) on December 7-9, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Inaugural Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute, founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, will be the premiere assembly for Black women, clinicians, professionals, advocates, and other stakeholders working to improve maternal health using the birth justice, reproductive justice, and human rights frameworks. It will offer a national space for learning, rich discussions, and mobilization to transform Black Maternal Health, Rights, and Justice.

The Conference and Training Institute meets a national need for a forum dedicated to Black Maternal Health and Black people working to improve our outcomes. To date, discussions about Black Maternal Health have been carved into existing reproductive, maternal, and public health conferences where there is little space for meaningful dialogue and limited framing on health equity and reproductive justice. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance has created that space in the Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute and will center Black Mamas voices and experiences in all activities.

Content during the Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute will be segmented into five tracks: Policy, Care, Research, Culture Shift, and Special Topics.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://blackmamasmatter.org/bmhc/

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Postpartum Justice Defined and Celebrated (food will be served)
Nov
28
5:10 PM17:10

Postpartum Justice Defined and Celebrated (food will be served)

If you have missed one of our previous sessions, please come to this one. We will review and sum-up the topics covered in this lecture series. We will also be presenting a definition of Postpartum Justice. We hope to have your participation to envision what postpartum care should be like with justice as its foundation. Please join us to celebrate the end of this series of talks with refreshment. (Catered by TeniEast Kitchen.)

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This session is part of a project to gather postpartum wisdom, to expose current postpartum realities and to define postpartum justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  (For additional information: m2mpostpartum@gmail.com or HERE)

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(CANCELLED) Building Social Movement Through Food
Nov
19
5:10 PM17:10

(CANCELLED) Building Social Movement Through Food

This lecture is part of a project to gather postpartum traditions, to expose current postpartum experiences and to define postpartum justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  (For additional information: m2mpostpartum@gmail.com or HERE)

GUEST SPEAKER:

Navina Khanna, Director, HEAL Food Alliance

Navina Khanna is the Director of the HEAL Food Alliance (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor), a national cross-sector food and farm justice coalition. She has dedicated over 15 years to creating a more just and sustainable world through transforming food systems, and in 2014, her work was recognized with a James Beard Leadership Award. With a background in sustainable agriculture and food justice, she's worked as an educator, community organizer, and policy advocate, organizing across sectors and communities. Based in Oakland, Navina serves on the Board of Richmond's Urban Tilth, advises the Real Food Media Project, and organizes with #Asians4BlackLives. A first-generation South Asian American, Navina's worldview is shaped by growing up - and growing food - in India and the US.

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Working the roots - over 400 years of traditional african-american healing
Nov
5
5:10 PM17:10

Working the roots - over 400 years of traditional african-american healing

Michele E. Lee

AUTHOR,  Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing

WE ARE STILL HERE!  Resiliency, Ingenuity and Perseverance.

All we have is the spoken word of our ancestors, those who survived the middle passage and breathed life into their descendants, born into a life of unspeakable terror and oceans of love from the community

Michele E. Lee and Yemanya Napue tap into the deep ancestral knowledge and wisdom of how African Americans survived, continued birthing babies, cared for self,  their babies, and were wet nurses for the "masters" baby, and other enslaved babies all the while surviving through slavery and jim crow.... to build a tradition.  Much of the lecture will be based on the recently published book Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing.  First-hand accounts are integrated with the historical realities of this time and birthing and care through the continuing legacy of colonization and slavery. Special guest along with Ms. Lee is Yemanya Napue, a direct descendant and citizen of the all Black and Native town, Nicodemus, Kansas, established after slavery along with their 40 acres and a mule.   

Michele Lee

Michele E. Lee is the author of the recently published book, "Working The Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing."

A journey that took 22 years to produce.  Born into a family of traditional healers from the south, Lee  began documenting the medicinal practice in her family whose legacy reaches back 7 generations in mississippi and louisiana.  Her family tree also weaves in and out of the south eastern Native communities and also includes the Mississippi Chinese.  And then for 4 years, she lived down a dirt road in rural North Carolina  seeking out more knowledge and wisdom from traditional healers and root workers throughout the south. Michele Elizabeth Lee has worked for over 30 years in the integrated arts as a researcher, writer, visual artist, administrator, curator and educator.  She has a MFA from the University of Southern California and a BA from Antioch College. She currently lives and works in her native Oakland where she teaches art in a public school.  She has two adult children, Milon and Nora. 

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This presentation is part of a lecture series hosted by an experimental class - Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

(For additional information: m2mpostpartum@gmail.com or HERE)

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Food as Medicine in Postpartum Traditional Chinese Medicine
Oct
29
5:10 PM17:10

Food as Medicine in Postpartum Traditional Chinese Medicine

This lecture is part of a project to gather postpartum traditions, to expose current postpartum experiences and to define postpartum justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  (For additional information: m2mpostpartum@gmail.com or HERE)

GUEST SPEAKER:

Christopher Pearson, L.Ac.

Be Well Natural, Oakland

In the spirit of synergy and holism Christopher brings together a myriad of professional experience. Experiences ranging from anti-oppression and diversity training to coaching youth basketball, Christopher applies the awareness these experiences have provided toward his healing practice. He has obtained a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from AIMC Berkeley, a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Religious Studies from SDSU, and an OBT, Oriental body therapist, from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. With more than 10 years experience in Diversity Trainings and serving for 7 years as a massage therapy instructor Christopher has become proficient in the art of making transitions into new awareness easy, by linking complex ideas into simple lifestyle modifications. As a devoted husband and father of three boys and engaged community member, Christopher embodies his deep commitment to sustainable community development, self-determination for every nation, and the liberation of all beings from the cycles of suffering. Christopher is practitioner of many modalities, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Bodywork and mind-body-spirit counseling. In bodywork, Since 1996, Christopher has been educated in the practice of Tui Na, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage. In all of his sessions, Christopher uses a holistic approach to client-based support by utilizing nutritional therapy, somatic psychology, biomechanical efficiency, and the deep ecology of consciousness.

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Black midwifery - history and current practices
Oct
22
5:10 PM17:10

Black midwifery - history and current practices

This lecture is part of a project to gather postpartum traditions, to expose current postpartum experiences and to define postpartum justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  (For additional information: m2mpostpartum@gmail.com or HERE)

GUEST SPEAKER:

Melinda I. Fowler, CNM, MSN

Associate Professor
Certified Nurse Midwife, UC San Francisco

Melinda Fowler's research and clinical interests include women's health, routine pregnancy outcomes, nutrition and healthy pregnancy, Centering Pregnancy.

 

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Racism and its impact on maternal health outcomes
Oct
15
5:25 PM17:25

Racism and its impact on maternal health outcomes

This lecture is part of a project to gather postpartum traditions, to expose current postpartum experiences and to define postpartum justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  (For additional information: m2mpostpartum@gmail.com or HERE)

GUEST SPEAKER:

Brittany Chambers, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

UC San Francisco

Dr. Chambers obtained an MPH in Health Promotion from Fresno State University and a PhD in Community Health Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her work focuses on understanding sexual and reproductive health inequities through examining the impact of individual and structural discrimination across multiple life domains. As a postdoctoral fellow, she works with the Saving Our Ladies from Early Births and Reducing Stress (SOLARS) study team to examine mediating relationships between interpersonal racism and adverse birth outcomes experienced by Black women in Oakland. For her fellowship project, Dr. Chambers is conducting a qualitative study to develop novel measures of structural racism from the perspective of Black and Latina women residing in Oakland and Fresno, California.

 

 

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Doulas and the movement for reproductive justice
Oct
1
5:00 PM17:00

Doulas and the movement for reproductive justice

This lecture is part of a project to gather postpartum traditions, to expose current postpartum experiences and to define postpartum justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  (For additional information: m2mpostpartum@gmail.com or HERE)

GUEST SPEAKER:

Linda Jones, Doula

The First Six Weeks - A Doula Service

What is a Doula?

The word Doula (pronounced Doo-la) is an ancient Greek word meaning woman servant or caregiver.

 We now use the term Birth Doula to describe a trained and experienced labor companion who "mothers the mother."   She provides the woman and her partner continuous emotional support and physical comfort to help smooth the natural process of birth.  She also assists in providing information before, during and just after the birth and in helping the partner to  interpret the woman's wishes to the hospital staff.

 A Postpartum Doula is a trained and experienced caregiver who offers non medical support for the mother and her family in their home in the weeks following the birth, either during the day or overnight.  She provides evidenced-based information on infant care, breastfeeding, baby calming, and sleep methods. She also provides non-judgmental support for the new mother's emotional and physical recovery from childbirth.


Labor Support

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

Postpartum Support

Utilizing a Doula to help during the Postpartum period  provides a smoother transition to new parenthood.  It allows mothers to learn how to care for their newborn(s), get much needed rest and immediate answers to the many questions that all new parents have.


Over Two Decades of Doula Experience

Linda Jones has assisted women throughout the bay Area since 1990. She has been a source of labor and post partum support for over 1000 babies over the past 20 years, making her a highly respected, senior Doula. She is a popular figure in the various maternity wards and highly respected by East Bay midwives, obstetricians and nurses.   


 

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Fighting for a National Paid Leave Policy
Sep
24
5:00 PM17:00

Fighting for a National Paid Leave Policy

GUEST SPEAKER:

Fabiola Santiago

CAMPAIGN MANAGER AT PL+US

This presentation will cover how PL+US is transforming workplaces, public policy, and culture so that everyone can give and receive family care when it matters most. Students will learn about the sociopolitical context that led to Federal Medical Leave Act of 1993--the first federal policy that provided unpaid leave to working people--and current efforts to move federal paid family leave efforts forward. We will also cover state-level policy changes with a special focus on California.

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Fabiola is a campaign manager at Paid Leave for the US: PL+US. She works directly with people affected by inadequate access to paid family leave and supports the workplace and public policy programs. She also has previous experience as a birth, postpartum, and abortion doula and is committed to using her public health training to work towards racial and health equity.

Fabiola received her B.A. in Sociology and Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles with an emphasis on maternal and child health.

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This lecture is part of a project to gather postpartum traditions, to expose current postpartum realities and to define postpartum justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

Please register here for this upcoming 9/24 event.

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  

(For additional information: m2mpostpartum@gmail.com or HERE)

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Sep
22
8:00 AM08:00

UCSF 3rd Annual Bay Area Maternal Mental Health Conference

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This is the third annual conference here in the Bay Area that will focus on maternal mental health and well-being, with speakers from throughout the area covering important topics that will improve the care our patients are receiving. We welcome all clinicians who work with women - whether through obstetrics and midwifery, in psychotherapy, providing fertility treatment, psychopharmacologists, pediatricians and family medicine clinicians, and others.

Program Directors: Anna Glezer, MD and Erin Morrow, MD; UCSF Department of Ob/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences

For more information: http://www.ucsfcme.com/2019/MMC19011/info.html

 

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Disparities in Maternal Health
Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

Disparities in Maternal Health

This lecture is part of a project to gather postpartum traditions, to expose current postpartum experiences and to define postpartum justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice

GUEST SPEAKER:

Sara Whetstone, MD,

Assistant Professor, Ob-Gyn, UCSF

Sara Whetstone is an obstetrician and gynecologist at UCSF's Mount Zion campus. She specializes in the care of underserved women, medical education, health disparities, workforce diversity, family planning, fibroids, patient-centered clinical care and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

She is also a clinical instructor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the UCSF School of Medicine, as well as the assistant residency director in the obstetrics and gynecology department.

Whetstone completed her B.A. in community health at Brown University in Providence, R.I., her medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and did her residency at UCSF.

Please register here for this upcoming 9/17 event.

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The Making of a Postpartum Perfect Storm in the USA
Sep
10
5:00 PM17:00

The Making of a Postpartum Perfect Storm in the USA

Marilyn Wong, MD, MPH

Coordinator, Mothers-to-Mothers Project

The presentation will explore the devastating forces within a "perfect storm" that is confronting new mothers in the United States: racism, sexism, individualism, the abandonment of traditional wisdom, and a for-profit health care system.  

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This lecture is the second in a series hosted by an experimental class - Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199: Traditional Postpartum Wisdom: Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice.  Come join us.  Public welcome.

(For additional information: m2mpostpartum@gmail.com or HERE)

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UC Berkeley New Independent Study Course
Aug
29
to Nov 28

UC Berkeley New Independent Study Course

Traditional Postpartum Wisdom - Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice

Ethnic Studies 199/ Asian American Studies 199

Course description: 

Class meets Monday and Wednesday 5-7 PM in 245 Hearst Gym.  There will be weekly lectures to define issues confronting new mothers in our society under the forces of racism, sexism, individualism, and profit-making.  We also wish to distill wisdom from cross cultural postpartum traditions that had enabled the human race to survive and thrive through millennia.  We hope wisdom of the past can serve to frame a vision of postpartum justice for the future. Our collective project is the building of a website to gather information, research, resources, and multicultural postpartum recipes/stories. Course enrollment limited.

For additional information: here

 

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Notes on Reproductive Justice: What it is and what it is not.
Aug
29
5:00 PM17:00

Notes on Reproductive Justice: What it is and what it is not.

Monica R. McLemore RN, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor, Family Health Care Nursing Department

Research Scientist, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH)

University of California, San Francisco

 

This is the first of a series of presentations in a new Ethnic Studies 199 and Asian American Studies 199 course at UC Berkeley titled "Traditional Postpartum Wisdom - Implications for Contemporary Postpartum Justice".

Dr. McLemore will review the nomenclature and the theoretical underpinnings of reproductive justice and relating it to our current understanding of maternal morbidity/mortality and other reproductive health outcomes.

For more information on the course, click here.

Please register here for 8/29 event. Space limited.  Refreshment will be served.

Please register here for interest in course enrollment. 

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Jul
12
12:30 PM12:30

Black Women's Perspectives of Structural Racism across the Reproductive Lifespan: Opportunities for Novel Measure Development

The panel will discuss a conceptual framework of structural racism developed from the perspectives of Black women residing in Oakland and Fresno. The panel will also use the conceptual framework to guide discussions about ways to quantitatively measure identified domains and constructs.

Moderator/Speaker: Brittany D. Chambers, PhD, MPH | Preterm Birth Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF

Speakers:

Helen Arega, MA | Program Director, SOLARS – Oakland, Preterm Birth Initiative, UCSF

Brandi Gates, IBCLC | Founder of BreastFriends & Breastfeeding Consultant, WIC West Oakland Health Center | Community Advisory Board Member -- Oakland, Preterm Birth Initiative, UCSF

Brianne Taylor | Health Advocate, Black Infant Health--- San Francisco | Benioff Community Innovator, Preterm Birth Initiative, UCSF

Loretta Scruggs-Leach, RN | Member, Central Valley Black Nurses Association | Community Advisory Board Member-- Fresno, Preterm Birth Initiative, UCSF

Robyn Barron, MPH | MTPCCR Intern, UCSF

Organizer of Black Women's Perspectives: Opportunities for Novel Measures of Racism

The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) is a multi-year, transdisciplinary research effort aimed at reducing the burden of prematurity. Funded by Lynne and Marc Benioff and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UCSF PTBi harnesses the talent of transdisciplinary scientific, clinical, and community expertise to stop the epidemic of prematurity in its tracks.

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Apr
7
12:30 PM12:30

Presentation at the Chinese Historical Society of America

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From Mothers to Mothers - Preserving Centuries of Postpartum Wisdom

The Chinese Historical Society of America is hosting our Event Team in this fun and informative workshop with the following planned activities:

  1. A discussion of the importance of postpartum nourishment, its role in the Chinese American community and the publication of our book, From Mothers to Mothers, to preserve traditional Asian postpartum recipes.
  2. A sampling of the quintessential Chinese (Cantonese) postpartum dish of ginger vinegar with pig feet and eggs.
  3. Group Discussion and Q&A 

Please contact CHSA for event information: (415) 391-1188 x101 or https://chsa.org

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Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

M2M Planning Meeting

Please join us for our regular planning meeting.  We'll also be cooking the eggs for the ginger-vinegar with pig feet and egg dish that we'll be serving at the CHSA 4/7 event.  For more information, please contact Anna at abgrimaldo@berkeley.edu.

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Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

M2M Planning Meeting

Please come join us at our regular planning meetings on Thursday.  Agenda for this meeting:

1. Recap from previous meeting

2. Outreaching to contacts for recipes

3. Decision on upcoming events: CHSA, UCSF and general meeting

4. Group photo 

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