Perinatal Health Mondays are back! Nurture kicks off 2022 by hosting Perinatal Health Mondays with specific topics for each session, including community survey results, subject matter experts, and more!  You can join each of the every-other-month Zoom gatherings by registering in the links at right. Every time you register, you’ll be prompted to include what topics you’d like to see explored in this space. 

Perinatal Health Mondays are based on Communities of Practice principles. Our goal is to create an informal, safe, and consistent space where perinatal and early infant health stakeholders can gather to exchange ideas, knowledge, challenges, and enhance opportunities for peer learning during the Pandemic and beyond. 

Bring your challenges, your questions, and your curiosity.

Add these dates to your calendar!

January 31: Perinatal Resource Mapping Project Results

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Nurture is excited to let you know that we have completed an analysis of the information shared by 132 local lactation support, doula support, and perinatal mental health support providers. The data collected included information on provider demographics, practice location and settings, types of compensation accepted, and more!
Please join us on Monday, January 31, from 4:30 – 6:00 pm for our first Maternal Health Monday Chat, as we share the results of the Perinatal Resource Mapping Project. The presentation will be led by Richmond City Health District CDC Fellow Emily Schreer and University of Richmond graduate Isabella Araujo, followed by an opportunity to gather in small group dialogue with local maternal health providers and advocates to explore ways we can improve the local perinatal health ecosystem. Click here to sign up.

March 21: #RVAbreastfeeds Convening

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#RVAbreastfeeds is a Healthy Communities Action Team administered by Nurture that promotes policy, systems, and environmental changes that support a breastfeeding friendly community in Richmond, VA. Join the first convening of #RVAbreastfeeds for 2022, reconnect with your colleagues, and help shape our direction for the year to come. We’ll review the 10 Steps to a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community determine actionable steps we can take during the year to come in light of the current pandemic situation.

#RVAbreastfeeds is supported by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.

May 16: Infant Feeding In Emergencies

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Birthmark Doula Collective’s Infant Ready program is built on international standards for infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCFE) and promotes breastfeeding as the safest feeding option in emergencies through training, educational materials, and distribution of emergency feeding kits. This presentation highlights our experiences providing support to pregnant and parenting families following Hurricane Laura in 2020. It raises the important question of how to support populations with low breastfeeding rates in emergencies and offers recommendations for improving perinatal emergency preparedness for future disaster events.


  1. Define infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCFE).
  2. Describe the gaps observed in supporting pregnant and parenting families with children under 2 years old following Hurricane Laura in New Orleans.
  3. List 2 recommendations for improving perinatal emergency preparedness.

About the Presenter:
Malaika Ludman is a birth doula and certified lactation counselor who holds a master’s degree in public health. She is a program coordinator at Birthmark Doula Collective and primarily manages the organization’s emergency preparedness program. As a mother of two, she recognizes the value in providing all pregnant and postpartum families with equal access to gentle, supportive, and compassionate care. Before becoming involved in community-based maternal health programs and services, Malaika served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin and later spent 5 years working for a global non-profit organization based in the DC area.

July 18: Trauma-informed Birth Work Foregrounding Identity

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The presentation will define trauma-informed care, do a brief literature review with a focus on the role of culture/identity and complex PTSD. We will work on identifying benefits and significance of trauma-informed approaches and complete a brief case study to identify trauma and take trauma-informed approaches. In addition, we will review tools for identifying and working in trauma-informed ways and complete action-planning for individual goals.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this presentation, learners will:

1. Identify three evidenced-based methods for assessing trauma and complex trauma in an empathetic and culturally-informed way.

2. Define complex PTSD and PTSD and identify common signs in perinatal healthcare.

3. Develop a concrete action plan relevant to their background, speciality, and work environment to support trauma-informed perinatal care.

Nurture is partnering with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to provide continuing education credits for this activity.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Janelle S. Peifer is a licensed clinical psychologist, inclusion consultant, and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Richmond of psychology. She specializes in research, mentoring, and clinical work related to complex trauma, culture and identity, and perinatal mental health. She founded and leads two private psychotherapy practices–Peifer Psychology and The Center for Inclusive Therapy + Wellness. Dr. Peifer has worked in schools, hospitals, college counseling centers, veteran’s affairs administrations, and community mental health clinics and believes in low-barrier, solutions-focused therapy rooted in evidence-based practices.

September 19: To be announced
November 21: TaNefer Camara of The B.L.A.C.K. Course

TaNefer Camara of The B.L.A.C.K. Course will be joining us for this session. Details coming soon. 

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