2021 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 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.

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Event Schedule

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.

Video recording password: bT3fy%vw

Speaker Bios
 
Event Recording

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.

Speaker Bios
Event Recording

Video recording password: bT3fy%vw

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.

Video recording password: %54S#I!G

Speaker Bios
 
Event Recording

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.

Speaker Bios
Event Recording

 

Video recording password: %54S#I!G

Please stay tuned for additional information and event dates for the 2021 Courageous Conversations series.

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