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Black Maternal Health Season 3

  • Managing Mental Health During Pregnancy - Dr. Theresia Oklan

    13 GIU 2023 · In this episode we will learn about perinatal depression and anxiety. We will be speaking with Dr. Oklan and she will share the causes of perinatal depression and resources to take care of your mental health during pregnancy. To learn more about Dr. Oklan’s work with EMBRACE at the University of California San Francisco please visit: https://womenshealth.ucsf/edu/coe/embrace-perinatal-care-black-families
    31 min. 24 sec.
  • Breast Health

    13 GIU 2023 · In this episode, we are joined by Jessica, a former WIC nutritionist and certified health education specialist, and third year medical student interested in family and breastfeeding medicine. Jessica helps us define breast health, the differences between pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy breast tissue, and shares other fun facts about protective breast health and nursing that mothers should know.
    14 min. 50 sec.
  • Birth Stories - Christina

    13 GIU 2023 · Join us in this episode from first time mom Christina as she shares what she did when she first learned when she was pregnant to how she prepared mentally and physically for labor and delivery.
    23 min. 32 sec.
  • Birth Stories - Patricia

    13 GIU 2023 · Join us for a birth story from Patricia, Pediatric Dentist, wife, and mother of one (1). She shares how she combined Eastern and Western medicine to support her through pregnancy. We also discuss some of the additional medical assistance she received during labor and delivery, including the help of her supportive “Daddy Doula”.
    23 min. 25 sec.
  • Examining Birth Equity

    13 GIU 2023 · Join us in this episode as we examine birth equity with Dana Sherrod, the Director of Birth Equity & Racial Justice Initiatives with the Public Health Alliance of Southern California. She shares her study which evaluated hospital practices that impact Black birthing people in southern California and shares why it is important for hospitals to co-create authentic relationships with the Black communities they serve. To learn more about Dana’s work please visit:
    17 min. 48 sec.
  • Breastfeeding

    13 GIU 2023 · We are revisiting an important topic from season 2 on breastfeeding. Joy Dean who is a lactation counselor and student midwife will be talking about some of the obstacles that may arise while breastfeeding.
    25 min. 17 sec.
  • Safe Sleep

    13 GIU 2023 · According to the Sacramento County Blue Ribbon Commission Report, African American babies are 4.6 times more likely to die of a sleep related death than all other ethnic groups. In this episode we will be discussing the importance of prevention and safe sleep practices for newborns and infants. To learn more about safe sleep please visit:
    7 min. 57 sec.
  • Birth Stories - Camille

    13 GIU 2023 · In this episode we speak with Camille who is a mother of two (2). Camille shares the differences she experienced giving birth prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and her second child, who was born just as COVID restrictions were lifted. Camille shares the importance of advocacy and how she navigated balancing her wishes and recommendations of her doctor.
    24 min. 5 sec.
  • Building your birth plan - A medical perspective

    13 GIU 2023 · Listen in as we speak with Dr. Watkins is an OB-GYN with Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento as she shares the role of the birth plan and how to partner with your medical provider to create it. Dr. Watkins has been an OB-GYN for 24 years and her focus is on empowering women to make healthcare decisions that result in the best possible outcomes.
    24 min. 49 sec.
  • Common Prenatal Health Concerns

    13 GIU 2023 · Learn about common prenatal concerns from Dr. Ray who is a Naturopathic Primary Care Physician with an advanced certificate in natural childbirth and midwifery. In this episode we will be discussing some of the common health concerns for Black Maternal Health such as eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and gut health. To learn more about Dr. Ray visit her website:
    32 min. 57 sec.

Welcome to our podcast, where we delve into various aspects of maternal health and well-being. In this season, we cover a wide range of topics, from postpartum mental health to...

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Welcome to our podcast, where we delve into various aspects of maternal health and well-being. In this season, we cover a wide range of topics, from postpartum mental health to birth stories, breastfeeding, and more.
Join us as we explore the vital work of organizations like BEMom Aware and Haven for Birth, which are dedicated to reducing stigma and increasing access to maternal mental health resources. We speak with the passionate founders of these organizations, Brenna Rizan, Jessica Walker, Heidi Jones, and Liz Kennish, who share invaluable insights into their services and the importance of doula care.
Our podcast also features conversations with doulas and healthcare professionals, including Bria Bailey, Aicha, Dr. Ray, and Dr. Watkins. They provide guidance on the spiritual aspects of being a doula, common prenatal health concerns, building birth plans, and partnering with medical providers for optimal outcomes.
In addition, we present birth stories from mothers like Camille, Patricia, and Christina, who offer unique perspectives on navigating pregnancy and childbirth. We discuss topics such as safe sleep practices, breastfeeding challenges, breast health, and managing mental health during pregnancy.
Finally, we examine the concept of birth equity with Dana Sherrod, who sheds light on hospital practices impacting Black birthing people and the importance of authentic community relationships.
Tune in to our podcast and discover a wealth of knowledge and inspiration for your maternal journey. Visit our guests' websites to access further resources and support.
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