Conversation Circle: Maternal Care, Race & Mortality

Join us for our March Conversation Circle as we discuss two TED Talks on the issues of Maternal Care, Race, & Mortality.
About this Event
View the two TED Talks linked below (approximately 27 minutes total) and then join your fellow moms for a discussion of this very important topic.

Miriam Zoila Pérez’s TED Talk: How Does Racism Affect Pregnant Women And Babies?

Why do pregnant women of color have different health outcomes from their white counterparts? Writer and activist Miriam Zoila Pérez explains the ways racism manifests for these women and their babies.

Miriam Zoila Pérez is a writer, trained doula, and activist focused on race, health, and gender. Pérez is the founder of the blog Radical Doula, the author of The Radical Doula Guide, and the co-host of the podcasts Tonic and Radio Menea. Pérez advocates for methods that can help diminish disparities in maternal health for women of color. In her TED Talk, she specifically focuses on the work of Jennie Joseph (The JJ Way®), a midwife who provides prenatal care through her Orlando clinic.

Wanda Irving TED Talk: How the US Medical Community Fails Black Mothers

Maternal Care Reformer Wanda Irving had her life turned upside down when she lost her only daughter, Shalon Irving, at the hands of “the covert bias of her medical provider.” As Wanda explains, “that very bias, fueled by structural racism, is the root cause of disparities in health care. That very bias impacted Shalon’s outcome, and caused her to be included in the maternal mortality statistics for 2017.”

In her powerful TEDMED Talk, “How the US medical community fails Black mothers”, Wanda reveals the horrific statistics that feed into the systemic disparities which result in Black women dying at rates almost 300% higher than White women. Today, over 3 years later, Wanda is working to promote accountability measures in postpartum care bills and she invites us to use the full range of our resources to eliminate inequity.

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This event is free and open to any mom that would like to join in the conversation. Please RSVP in Eventbrite to receive the meeting room link.

Coffee Chat

A member is hosting an extra coffee chat this month. Free and open to the public. Hop online and enjoy some conversation with your mom friends!

The Fire Engines of Postpartum Anxiety

By all accounts, I knew we had what most would consider a relatively easy baby. But, you’d never know that based on how I was handling life at that point.

Book Club: Whole Brain Child

Join us for our January Book Club discussion of “Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind ”
About this Event
In this pioneering, practical, New York Times Bestseller book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.

Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

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Please join us for our discussion of this wonderful book. Even if you are unable to complete the book, please pop in to listen to what is sure to be a great discussion.

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This member event is being offered as a donation-based event for Non-members with all contributions going to our Share the Love Fund to offer scholarships for HER Circle memberships to moms in need.

Help us support moms in need with access to a supportive community and trusted experts and resources!

*Please note that HER Health Collective is a for-profit business, so your contribution is not tax deductible. Thank you for supporting the big social mission of our small business!

Helping Children Deal With Grief

We cannot protect our children from ever feeling the pain of loss but we can help them manage the pain and express their emotions. Nicole Wallace discusses how to identify the signs of grief at different age ranges, engaging your child in healthy forms of grief expression, ways to encourage conversations about grief with children.

Conversation Circle: Helicopter Parenting & Kids’ Health

Has protective parenting gone too far? Several high-profile news stories, along with increasing rates of childhood obesity, anxiety and depression, have sparked a movement encouraging parents to allow their children greater freedom. The nonprofit Let Grow is leading the call for what’s known as “free range parenting,” in which kids can just be kids.

This conversation circle is based on the 9 minute PBS segment “Why Helicopter Parenting May Jeopardize Kids’ Health.”

We encourage you to view the clip prior to attending so that you may fully participate in the conversation!

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-helicopter-parenting-may-jeopardize-kids-health

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This member event is being offered as a donation-based event for Non-members with all contributions going to support our Share the Love Fund to offer scholarships for HER Circle memberships to moms in need.

Help us support moms in need with access to a supportive community and trusted experts and resources.

*Please note that HER Health Collective is a for-profit business, so your contribution is not tax deductible. Thank you for supporting the big social mission of our small business!

Talking About Race Conversation Circle

Join us for our Conversation Circle series on Talking about Race. Open to all moms wanting to learn more about systemic racial inequality.
About this Event
Now is a time in which we need education and open conversation. This is how we will learn and this is how we will do better as a nation.

Join us for as many of our Conversation Circle Series on Talking about Race as you can. This series will run for 7 months and will cover a different topic each month. The resources are all provided through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.

It is important that we each do our own work. But it is also important that we come together to discuss and delve deeper with others that are doing the same work. You are encouraged to join for as many of the discussions as possible.

Please plan to read and view the videos prior to the conversation circle so that you can participate fully and get the most out of the conversation.

These events are free and open to any mother that would like to join the conversation.

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During the month of December, we will be discussing the Historical Foundations of Race.

All resources for December can be found at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/historical-foundations-race

Monday, Dec 7, 8pm
Please plan to review the material before we meet.

Read and view first half of material, starting from Historical Foundations of Race. Stop at “The Origin of Race in the USA” video

Thursday, Dec 17, 7 pm
Please plan to review the material before we meet.

Begin with “The Origin of Race in the USA” video. Read and view the remaining resources on the page.

*This event is based on each individual pursuing personal education and then engaging in open conversation. The discussions will be facilitated by HER Health Collective co-founders, Cindi Michaelson and Crissy Fishbane.

Both Cindi and Crissy are engaging in this 7-month long conversation series in an effort to pursue their own education and engage in discussion alongside fellow moms. They both draw on experience in this area, Cindi as a former facilitator of Racial Justice Roundtables at the YWCA and Crissy as a former high school social studies teacher with a master’s degree in teaching. Neither claim to be experts on racial equality, inclusion, or social diversity, rather they aim to create a safe space for mothers to explore, learn, and grow in their understanding of this topic together through open dialogue.

Talking About Race Conversation Circle

Join us for our Conversation Circle series on Talking about Race. Free and Open to any mom wanting to learn more about systemic racial inequality.
About this Event
Now is a time in which we need education and open conversation. This is how we will learn and this is how we will do better as a nation.
Join us for as many of our Conversation Circle Series on Talking about Race as you can. This series will run for 7 months and will cover a different topic each month. The resources are all provided through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.
It is important that we each do our own work. But it is also important that we come together to discuss and delve deeper with others that are doing the same work. You are encouraged to join for as many of the discussions as possible.
Please plan to read and view the videos prior to the conversation circle so that you can participate fully and get the most out of the conversation.
These events are free and open to any mother that would like to join the conversation.
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During the month of December, we will be discussing the Historical Foundations of Race.
All resources for December can be found at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/…/topics/historical-foundations-race
Monday, Dec 7, 8pm
Please plan to review the material before we meet.
Read and view first half of material, starting from Historical Foundations of Race. Stop at “The Origin of Race in the USA” video
Thursday, Dec 17, 7 pm
Please plan to review the material before we meet.
Begin with “The Origin of Race in the USA” video. Read and view the remaining resources on the page.
*This event is based on each individual pursuing personal education and then engaging in open conversation. The discussions will be facilitated by HER Health Collective co-founders, Cindi Michaelson and Crissy Fishbane.
Both Cindi and Crissy are engaging in this 7-month long conversation series in an effort to pursue their own education and engage in discussion alongside fellow moms. They both draw on experience in this area, Cindi as a former facilitator of Racial Justice Roundtables at the YWCA and Crissy as a former high school social studies teacher with a master’s degree in teaching. Neither claim to be experts on racial equality, inclusion, or social diversity, rather they aim to create a safe space for mothers to explore, learn, and grow in their understanding of this topic together through open dialogue.

Stress, Hormones & Immunity

Our healthcare system is broken. We are doing the same things and expecting different results. Our focus has been on diagnosing and treating the problem, not discovering the root cause.

Vaginitis: How Women May Unknowingly Be Making It Worse

Dr. Watson provides education on vaginitis and desquamative inflammatory vaginitis (DIV). She provides clarification on mistakes women often make about treating these conditions and what to consider if chronic vaginitis is experienced.