Raising the Bar for Childbearing Families

Education and Events

Breastfeeding Real Talk Virtual Support Group
Cost: Free or Donation
Date: Ongoing September to November, different dates optional
Location: Virtual

Lactation Support Training:

Introduction to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders for Lactation Support Providers

A Two Part Workshop (Registration has closed for this event, please reach out if you have interest!)
Dates: 
Part 1: Saturday, August 28 / 9:30 – 11:30 am
Part 2: Saturday, September 11 / 9:30 – 11:30 am

Cost Per Ticket:
Full Price: $75 
Sliding Scale: $35
Pay it Forward: $100
Expand Our Mission Ticket: $125
Location: Virtual

Past Offerings:

Lactation Support Training: Introduction to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders for Lactation Support Providers A Two Part Workshop

During this 2 part series on August 28  and September 11th 2021, trainers Sultana Karim, MA, LCPC, LPC, CCTP and Kristen Miller BA,CCCE, IBCLC covered many topics geared toward Lactation Support Providers and others providing assistance to breast/chestfeeding parents addresses this trifecta. The training focused on general education about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and how to facilitate social support groups for lactating parents affected by PMADs, with an emphasis on the needs of historically excluded populations. Read more about the training here. 

Topics covered included:

  • Overview of PMADS
  • Predictors and Risk Factors
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Path to Wellness
  • Specific Needs of Historically Excluded Populations
  • Treatment Options and Intervention Strategies
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Social Support Facilitators
  • Launching and Leading Peer Support Groups/Peer Mentor Partnerships
  • Role-playing Scenarios and Difficult Situations
Exclusive Breast/Chestfeeding in the First Few Weeks: Why It's Important and How You Can Help

August 18, 2021
During this interactive talk and Q & A with one of Richmond’s premier lactation support providers, attendees learned:

• Why exclusive breast/chestfeeding is so important in the first few days and weeks of a baby’s life
• What normal infant feeding cues and behaviors look like
• What obstacles get in the way of establishing successful breast/chestfeeding in the early days
• Ways family members and friends can support breast/chestfeeding parents

Presenter:
Valerie Coleman, RN, MSN, IBCLC, FACCE, is the Program Director of Family Life Education, Women’s Health, Community Outreach, and Lactation Services at VCU Health Systems. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Duke University and has been a nurse for 45 years. Valerie is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Certified Childbirth Educator, and a Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators. She was the team leader at VCUHS for the Best Fed Beginnings Learning Collaborative, a national initiative to improve outcomes for mothers and babies and for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.

Collective Impact Training with Tamarack Institute

In this four part webinar series, co-sponsored by Nurture, CINCH, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, and , Tamarack Institute helped lay the groundwork for Collective Impact work here in Richmond, VA. If you missed it, you can  View the Webinar Series.

2019 Breastfeeding Symposium

The 2019 RVA Breastfeeding Symposium convene 110 community members and care providers from across the Greater Richmond Area.

SYMPOSIUM OBJECTIVES
PLENARY SESSIONS
  • Place breastfeeding support into context of national and global public health efforts.
  • Understand trends in breastfeeding rates, including disparities in rates among race/ethnicity.
  • Discuss the importance of equitable and evidence-based maternity care practices.
  • Review publicly available resources and tools to assist breastfeeding advocacy efforts both clinically and in the community.
  • Learn to utilize the Ready, Set, BABY tool for prenatal breastfeeding counseling.
  • Practice how to educate about specific breastfeeding topics in a variety of scenarios.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Implementing Ready Set BABY in clinical settings
  • Generate strategies to integrate the Ready, Set, BABY into current practice settings.
Transcending Our Silos: Creating a shared vision for maternal/infant health in RVA
  • Explore opportunities for policy and systems changes within the local maternal/child health ecosystem.
  • Foster cross-sector organizational and community relationships that support evidence-based infant feeding practices.
Bongs and Boobs: A blunt discussion about cannabis use in pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Understand the current statistics of cannabis use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Understand what the latest medical research indicates about the effects of perinatal cannabis exposure on developing brains.

Read more here. 

2017 RVA Breastfeeding Symposium: First Food: The Intersection of Health, Race, Policy, and Practice
First Food: The Intersection of Health, Race, Policy, and Practice

The 2017 RVA Breastfeeding Symposium brought 206 community members, care providers, and policy makers together to examine the impact of institutional racism on breastfeeding.

Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the public health and economic impacts of infant feeding practices
  • Examine the impact of structural racism on infant feeding practices and food access
  • Identify the structural and cultural barriers that prevent women, particularly minority women, from reaching their breastfeeding goals
  • Foster cross-sector organizational and community relationships that support evidence-based infant feeding practices
  • Recognize the components of a breastfeeding-friendly community


Keynote Speakers:

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized media commentator, consultant and advocate for breastfeeding and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is widely considered a leading voice in the counterculture movement in infant feeding. As a consultant, Kimberly has led innovative community-based projects in New Orleans, Birmingham, Detroit and Philadelphia that explore the impact of “first food deserts”—communities that severely lack accessible resources to support mothers who choose to breastfeed—and developing community-partnered strategies to transform these areas into more breastfeeding supportive environments. She is currently the project director for The First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI), a W.K. Kellogg-funded pilot project in Detroit and Philadelphia to create a national accreditation process for breastfeeding-friendly communities.

Elizabeth Gray Bayne holds a Masters of Public Health from Yale University and an MFA in film from the Art Center College of Design. Her background in health outreach & communications, social marketing, design and film production allows her to take the high production value and marketing strategy that normally only large institutions and corporations enjoy and bring them to the organizations and individuals that deserve to have their stories heard, too. She is currently working on Chocolate Milk, a documentary exploring African-American women’s experiences with breastfeeding.

 

“The brainstorming session really helps us understand what things we are doing well, and what we need to improve upon to promote breastfeeding in our community.”

2016 Breastfeeding Symposium

Lack of consistent and/or inaccurate information among care providers is a common breast/chestfeed barrier. To address this, the 2016 Breastfeeding Symposium brought together community members, and healthcare and social service providers across many fields, resulting in 110 care and service providers from 35 local organizations being trained in Ready-Set-BABY, a prenatal breastfeeding education tool developed by the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute.

 

Objectives:
  • Place breastfeeding support into context of national and global public health efforts.
  • Learn helpful tips for facilitating counseling on breastfeeding utilizing the Ready, Set, BABY tool.
  • Practice how to educate about specific breastfeeding topics in a variety of scenarios.
  • Identify local breastfeeding barriers, opportunities, and implementation strategies.
  • Build interagency relationships.
  • Generate strategies to integrate the Ready, Set, BABY breastfeeding counseling into current practice.

“I truly enjoyed the symposium. It gave me a wealth of knowledge about breastfeeding,
as well as ideas about how to support and encourage prenatal and postnatal mothers.”

From Trauma to Triumph: Recognizing the Impact of Childbirth Trauma on Women and Care Providers
This professional development event offered insight into trauma informed care, and the importance of sensitive practices that respect and honor the needs of the parent after loss and traumatic experience.

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Perinatal Loss: Facilitating Healing Through Compassionate Dialogue
This professional development workshop provided an extraordinary opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how perinatal loss affects families and care providers, practice mindfulness-based techniques for working with loss and grief, learn effective skills for working with the newly bereaved, and explore ways to engage community partners in the creation of a comprehensive perinatal loss support network.

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A Brief History of our Community Engagement Projects.

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