Black Maternal Health Week Events

In New Jersey, the pregnancy-related death rate for Black women is nearly seven times higher than White women. The reasons go beyond the usual barriers to healthcare, insurance, or economic support and involve the physical stress of experiencing racism on a daily basis.

Join us for our Black Maternal Health Week events to learn how you can help to reduce racial disparities and provide the proper maternal healthcare to Black women and their babies.

Strategies to Promote, Protect and Support Equitable Breastfeeding in the Black Community

Presenters: Nastassia Davis is a registered nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and a mother of four. She is the owner of Latch Breastfeeding and Lactation services and founder of The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation, a non-profit advocacy and support organization dedicated to eliminating racial disparities in Black infant and maternal health. In addition to her public health commitments, Nastassia serves as assistant professor of Nursing at Montclair State University.

Melanie Hutton is a Certified Lactation Counselor and Birth Doula with over eight years of experience in maternity units, intervention programs, and healthcare centers. She facilitates group meetings and offers individual counseling to families in need. This session originally aired on April 12, 2021. VIEW RECORDING

Prematurity Prevention Initiative (PPI) Initiatives:
Wellness Wednesday on Instagram

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
12:00 pm

Join the Prematurity Prevention Initiative (PPI) as they host Wellness Wednesday on Instagram @NJPreterm to support Black Maternal Health Week.

As part of their Black Maternal Health Week and Minority Health Month initiatives, The Prematurity Prevention Initiative (PPI) developed a social media toolkit “Watch Me Blossom: It Takes 39 Weeks to Bloom”. The goal of the Watch Me Blossom toolkit is to amplify the message of prematurity while increasing awareness around crisis’s that influence maternal and child health and racial disparities. PPI is inclusive, serving all races, ethnicities, sexual/gender identities, income levels, and insurance status.

The Watch Me Blossom social media toolkit includes sample posts you can use to raise awareness of prematurity prevention and Black infant and maternal health in New Jersey. The statements and data represented within this toolkit are reliable and developed from evidence-based resources.

To download the toolkit, visit the website beginning April 12, 2021.

Breaking the Silence about Infertility in the Black & African-American Community

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
1:00 pm

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Rev. Dr. Stacey Edwards-Dunn, 
Founder of Fertility for Colored Girls will join Lauraine Jondoh, MPA, Perinatal Mental Health Coordinator at the Partnership, to discuss infertility challenges in Black & African-American communities, how it impacts emotional well-being and finding support.

COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnancy – Black Maternal Health Care Week Virtual Community Conversation

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
3:00-4:30 pm

View detailed information about this webinar here.

The Partnership is joining the New Jersey Department of Health to present a dialogue with distinguished medical professionals who will focus on the facts and myths regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnancy.


Reducing the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death:
Social, Health and Behavioral Determinants

Thursday, April 15, 2021
2:00-3:00 pm

View detailed information about this program here.

The presenter, Dr. Barbara Ostfeld is a Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Program Director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, which she helped establish in 1987. She is a nationally recognized expert on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and her research contributed to the safe infant sleep policies of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her activities also address racial disparities in health, and she serves as a member of the NJ Perinatal Quality Collaborative Health Disparities Work Group and the New Jersey First Lady’s Nurture NJ Initiative.

This webinar is for healthcare professionals. Please contact Sarah Muller-Robbins at 973-268-2280 x100 for information on professional credit hours.

Montclair Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority: Black Maternal Health Week Events

Birthing While Black: Conversations with Healthcare Professionals

Thursday, April 15, 2021
7:00 pm

View detailed information about this event here.

In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, the Montclair Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will be hosting a virtual conversation with healthcare professionals. Our very own, Mariekarl Vilceus-Talty, MA, BSN, NE-BC, LNC, President and CEO of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, will be one of the panelists of this in-depth discussion.

The Montclair Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will be hosting other events. Including a Virtual Community View and Discussion: “The Terrifying Threat to Pregnant Black Women and their Babies” on Sunday, April 11, at 6:00 pm. Register here and a Community Baby Shower on Saturday, April 17, at 1:00 pm, benefiting the following local organizations with expectant families: YMCA of Newark and the Vicinity and Montclair Child Development Center. Click here to visit the registry.

The Melinated Moms Presents: Childbirthing in Communities of Color

Friday, April 16, 2021
10:00 am

View detailed information about this event here.

Melinated Moms in observance of Minority Health Month and Black Maternal Health Week is hosting their annual community workshop. Join this discussion on how COVID-19 has impacted birth for women across the Melinated Spectrum on a national and international scale. Our very own, Mariekarl Vilceus-Talty, MA, BSN, NE-BC, LNC, President and CEO of the Partnership, will be one of the panelists of this event.

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