The “Courageous Conversations” series aims to reduce the stigma associated with topics related to perinatal mental health such as, pregnancy, infertility, loss, depression/anxiety/psychosis, parenting, and other related topics in the general public. The goal is to model and spark conversations that lead to the normalization of talking about tough topics with honesty and without shame. Maternal Mental Health NOW hopes to bring the stories of survivors and affected family members to light, believing that these personal narratives can be healing for the storyteller and the catalyst for individual and systemic change.
Our goal is to host a Courageous Conversation once per quarter throughout the year. The current 2021 series is focused on book talks with authors publishing works that address topics impacting mothers, birthing people and their families. These events will be marketed to the general public, those with lived experiences and their families. Our network of birth workers, clinicians and providers will be invited to learn from these experiences which grounds our work in empathy and vulnerability, and allows us to understand that the goal of even our most ambitious systemic efforts is in small and immeasurably impactful moments of human connection.