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Recap of Mommies and Mocktails: Black Maternal Health Week

Motherhood is a journey filled with joys, challenges, and sometimes unexpected twists. A recent event brought together a diverse panel of experts and advocates to shed light on the various aspects of maternal health and support. From discussing personal experiences to sharing professional insights, here's a recap of the insightful discussions and valuable advice shared at the "Mommies and Mocktails" event.


Nicky Dawkins, a well-respected and appreciated doula and community leader, was honored for her unwavering commitment to supporting mothers and advocating for doula services. Nicky has significantly impacted maternal health through tireless efforts and activism, empowering women and championing equitable access to doula care.

An author, Sandra Elinor, shared her journey of grappling with the condition for over 25 years. Her compelling narrative sheds light on the challenges of navigating undiagnosed endometriosis. She emphasized the importance of early detection and advocacy in women's health. An experienced OBGYN, Dr. Bennett engaged the audience with insightful discussions about the significance of patient-provider communication. As an advocate for women's empowerment in healthcare, Dr. Bennett encouraged attendees to ask questions, voice concerns, and actively participate in their healthcare decisions.

Dr. Amilcar, a chiropractic physician, offered valuable maternal health and wellness guidance. She provided attendees with a deeper understanding of holistic healthcare options through her expertise, empowering them to make informed choices about their well-being during pregnancy and beyond. Jennifer Benoit, a licensed psychologist, delved into the profound impact of maternal health on mental well-being. With empathy and expertise, she addressed topics such as birth trauma and postpartum mental health, emphasizing the importance of supportive care and access to mental health resources for expectant and new mothers.

Dr. Walker, a dedicated chiropractor specializing in prenatal and postnatal care, highlighted the benefits of chiropractic treatment for women during pregnancy. Dr. Walker gave attendees valuable insights into enhancing their pregnancy experience through holistic healthcare practices by focusing on alignment, comfort, and overall wellness.

Senator Osgood, a passionate advocate for legislative change, emphasized the critical role of policy in addressing disparities in maternal health outcomes. She encouraged audience members to engage with local policymakers and advocate for policies prioritizing maternal care and supporting marginalized communities.

The "Mommies and Mocktails" event provided open dialogue, education, and advocacy for maternal health. By amplifying voices, sharing experiences, and fostering community support, the event aimed to empower women and promote positive change in black maternal healthcare practices and policies.

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