COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS SERIES
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 series is focused on talks with experts, those with lived experiences, and authors publishing works that address topics impacting mothers, birthing people and their families. These events are shared with 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.
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April 21st at 12 pm PST via Zoom
This Time Around: Expanding family after experiencing perinatal mental health disorders
This panel will be moderated by Jessica Wendi Abel who is the author of The Little Blue Rocket Ship: A Story About Postpartum Depression. This book is told by a boy who sees changes in his mom after she has a baby. As the boy explores his own feelings and questions, he is reassured by his mom’s continued love for him. Our panel includes those who have added to their family following an experience with PPD/PPA or any other perinatal mental health disorder. We will discuss preparing yourself, your partner and your children.
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March 17th at 10 am PST via Zoom
The Power of Storytelling: Creativity and the Journey of Parenthood
Join us for our first Courageous Conversation event of 2022. We will be speaking with creative artists who have turned their storytelling gifts towards the journey of parenthood. We will explore how creativity can play a role in healing and how it can provide an outlet for others to do the same. This panel features Michelle Hall, founder of Proud Earthlings, Aloura Charles, Director of Under, Jessica Matthews, Producer of Under, Lauren Aboulafia, performer and animator, and Brittany Patterson, founder of Birthwrite Diaries. Join us for what is sure to be an amazing conversation and may even inspire your own story.
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Please stay tuned for additional information and event dates for the 2022 Courageous Conversations series.
2021 COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS
December 7, 2021 at 2 pm PST via Zoom
Courageous Conversation: Through My Eyes, A Journey to Healing
For our last conversation of the year we presented a candid discussion on the range of fears and challenges experienced by those on the journey of parenthood. These sometimes include scary thoughts and may at times progress to perinatal mental health disorders. Our dynamic panel shared their stories of what life looked like along their journey, as well as how they found support to address their fears and how they navigated perinatal mental health treatment and healing. This discussion is inspired by the book “Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers” by Karen Kleiman and Molly McIntrye.
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September 27th at 12 pm PST via Zoom
Courageous Conversations: Pregnant with the Stars
Join author Renee Cramer, author of “Pregnant with the Stars” and “Birthing a Movement” for a discussion on the impact of Hollywood and celebrity pregnancies in the media on society and pregnant people. We are exploring topics such as the pressure to keep up with the stars (think gender reveals, expertly designed nurseries, looking beautiful during pregnancy, ect), “bouncing back” and the expectation to do so, and other ways we might be subconsciously (or consciously) influenced by the way Hollywood stars are put up as the “standard”.
She will be joined by the dynamic husband and wife team behind the Mid-drift Movement, Angie and Mike Sonrode who will be sharing about their project aimed at changing the conversation about postpartum body image.
We will also be hosting two of our dynamic storytellers, Kimberly Osuna and Karyn Chen who are both survivors of postpartum depression and perinatal mental health disorders. They will share from their personal experience.
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June 24th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Courageous Conversations: Motherhood and Madness
An intimate conversation with Catherine Cho, author of “Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness” and Liz Song Mandell. Catherine is a postpartum psychosis survivor and Liz is a survivor of postpartum PTSD. They will discuss their journey through pregnancy, birth, PTSD and psychosis and finally healing and adding to their family. They will explore the role of culture and societal expectations along with the need for compassionate education, treatment and support.
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April 20th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Courageous Conversations: “First Foods” and Race, Past, Present and Future
A panel conversation with Andrea Freeman, author of “Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race and Injustice”, along with Adjoa Jones, Shamiesha Johnson and Jadah Parks Chatterjee. They will discuss the lasting legacy of racism and injustice on breastfeeding and public health as it applies to Black mothers, birthing people and families today. They will also explore advocacy and systemic changes needed to address inequity today and in the future.
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