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!  Read the session descriptions and join each of the bi-monthly Zoom gatherings by registering via the links at right. 

Perinatal Health Mondays are based on Communities of Practice principles. Our goal is to create an informal, safe, and consistent space where perinatal health and early childhood stakeholders can gather to exchange ideas, knowledge, challenges, and enhance opportunities for peer learning during the Pandemic and beyond. Together we are building a community where all families are supported through the life-changing journey of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. 

Bring your challenges, your questions, and most of all your curiosity.

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Add these dates to your calendar!

November 21: TaNefer Camara | A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table:
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Lactation and Breastfeeding Education, Advocacy, Protection and Promotion

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You won’t want to miss this one! Please join us for our last Perinatal Health Monday of 2022 as we welcome maternal health strategist, healer, and researcher TaNefer L. Camara for a lively and provocative discussion about interdisciplinary approaches to lactation and breastfeeding education, advocacy, protection and promotion. After her presentation there will be opportunity for small group conversations to begin thinking about how you might implement these strategies within your own sphere of influence.

  1. Identify disciplines that can work collaboratively with lactation specialists to support breastfeeding and the provision of human milk.
  2. Discuss challenges in supporting families or parents  with the greatest disparities in breastfeeding and facing multiple social and or economic challenges.
  3. Strategize a plan for reaching marginalized communities and people with high risk and greater needs.
Presenter Bio:

TaNefer L Camara hails from Oakland California. She is a maternal health strategist, healer and researcher with over 15 years’ experience in public health and social services. Inspired by the legacy of Traditional Black Midwives & Healers, she began her journey into Women’s Reproductive Health and Birth Work in 2005. TaNefer has supported mothers through pregnancy, birth & postpartum as a doula/healer/educator and is most known for her work as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a Co-Founder of the B.L.A.C.K Course and Owner of T.L.C Consulting and Maternal Healing. She has trained and educated peers, professionals and families in lactation and infant feeding and is world renowned for the viral “Teach Me How to Breastfeed” song and music.

September 19: Bridging the Gap and Caring for Our Women and Mothers

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Join Shanteny Jackson, Executive Director for the Virginia Community Health Worker Association as we review the roles and responsibilities of Community Health Workers as frontline public health workers.  Shanteny will also explore the integration of culture and specialty areas (or scope) that support populations at risk by increasing access to services and reducing barriers to care. Lastly, we will look at the impact policies and health promotion education have in supporting health and wellness infrastructures and resources.


  • Understand the role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the community.
  • Identify CHW competencies that support women and mothers.
  • Collaborate with CHWs in bridging the gap around issues of women and maternal health.

About the Presenter:

Shanteny Jackson is the Executive Director for the Virginia Community Health Worker Association. She worked as a Bilingual Health Educator and Senior Community Health Worker for the Richmond Henrico Health District in Richmond, Virginia at the height of the COVID-19 crisis. Shanteny is a compassionate and collaborative community advocate who strives for justice, a value instilled in her as a girl growing up in her native Costa Rica. In living her values, she has pioneered social and community projects for both Southwood, a majority-Latinx community on Richmond Southside, and Broad Resource Centers. She was nominated and recognized as “Persona de Poder” (Radio 1380 Poder). She was awarded the “Civic Engagement” award by the Virginia Latino Advisory Board. Shanteny highlights the importance of identity and representation in communities of color, particularly for Afro-Latinos in her essay, “The Dream & Reality of an Afro-Latina,” that was featured in the 2021 collection of Richmond Racial Equity Essays. Shanteny holds a master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Addictions and Recovery from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with minors in Spanish and Education from Mary Baldwin College.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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