MEternal
  • Welcome to another empowering episode of "MEternal," where we dive deep into the critical topic of Black maternal health. In this episode, we focus on finding the right healthcare provider, a crucial aspect of ensuring a safe and positive pregnancy journey for Black mothers.<br /><br />The statistics are stark: Black women in the United States are disproportionately affected by pregnancy-related complications and maternal mortality rates. Often, this disparity can be attributed to systemic issues within the healthcare system, including biases, lack of cultural competence, and inadequate access to quality care.<br /><br />In this enlightening episode, we'll explore strategies for overcoming these challenges and finding the right provider who understands and respects the unique needs of Black mothers. We'll hear from experts in the field, including healthcare professionals, advocates, and mothers themselves, who share their insights and experiences.<br /><br />Dr. Peggy Roberts discusses the importance of culturally competent care and how it can positively impact maternal health outcomes. We'll also delve into the role of midwives and doulas in providing personalized support during pregnancy and childbirth, particularly for Black women who may benefit from additional advocacy and empowerment.<br /><br />Additionally, we'll provide practical tips and resources for Black mothers seeking to navigate the healthcare system, including questions to ask potential providers, red flags to watch out for, and strategies for advocating for their own care.<br /><br />Join us as we empower Black mothers to take control of their maternal health journey, find the right provider, and receive the quality care they deserve. Together, we can work towards a future where every Black mother receives the support and respect, she needs to thrive during pregnancy and childbirth.<br />

  • This episode of MEternal is co-hosted by March of Dimes CEO Dr. Elizabeth Cherot and features Maternal Health Advocate, Filmmaker, and March of Dimes Board Member Tonya Lewis Lee. As a creator, Tonya has used storytelling as an innovative tool to bring the conversation around black maternal health to the mainstream. Tonya continues to create social impact through her synergistic service and work with March of Dimes, by bridging the between access and resources to create more equitable health solutions in communities of color.<br /><br />

  • Cardiovascular Complications make motherhood unsafe for African American women. This episode of MEternal with Kenya Gipson @coachkenya, Dr. Elizbeth Cherot of @marchofdimes, and Dr. Joseph Puma of @sorinmedical uncovers what women of color can do to protect themselves and their babies from severe complications during and after pregnancy. Access directly affects health outcomes in communities of color compared to other races. This conversation brings forth these cultural barriers to the forefront.<br /><br />

  • MEternal Live from the 2023 Mental Wealth Expo! Co-hosted by Danisha Baughn, we discuss building mental strength, experiencing healing, and gaining a healthier mindset featuring: Dr. Ashley-Lowe Simmons, Minister Vinnette Williams, Ashlee Muhammad and Elena Brown.

  • Surviving Sepsis

    December 14th 2023

    The MEternal Podcast sits down with Busie Matsumoto-Andan who birthed a child with sepsis. We discuss her journey in saving her daughter's life through self-advocacy.<br />

  • Motherhood & Mogulhood

    December 7th 2023

    The MEternal Podcast sits down with moderator Danisha Vaughn and Panelists Cynthia Bailey &amp; Britni Ricard to discuss motherhood and mogulhood at the 2023 Mental Wealth Expo!

  • This week we sit down with March Of Dimes CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Cherot, to discuss the March of Dimes Report Card for New York. This conversation discusses why preterm birth rates are higher in communities of color. In addition to the health and socioeconomic determinants mothers of color are most vulnerable to and what March of Dimes is doing to improve health outcomes in communities of color.

  • Dad Gang

    November 22nd 2023

    This LIVE podcast took place at Mental Wealth Expo and was moderated by NFL Veteran Marcus Smith. The conversation discussed the important role black father’s play in building a strong foundation in communities of color. This collective group “Dads” (Styles P, Larry Morrow, Dr. Jeff Rocker, Sean Williams, Roger Milliner, Cordney Mac Wilds took on the complexities of parenthood and how the presence of black fathers in a household plays a vital role in changing the societal narrative around black men and their connection to fatherhood.

  • The MEternal Podcast sits down Elena D. of Get Well With Elle and Dr. Ashley Lowe-Simmons to talk the connection between maternal health and mental health, as well as holistic maternal health solutions for a healthy pregnancy.

  • Live from the Mental Wealth Expo, The MEternal Podcast sits down Tonya Lewis Lee, Shawnee Gibson, and Nastassia K. Harris of the Perinatal Equity Network to talk the black maternal health crisis and self advocacy<br /><br />

  • This episode features actress, model and wellness advocate Cynthia Bailey as she shares her story of managing mother and how her experience with fibroids and pregnancy has helped to shape her wellness journey and advocacy.

  • This episode features Mental Health and Maternal Advocate Ashlee Muhammad. Ashlee shares her story about motherhood and how she leveraged her insecurities to teach other mothers of color to self advocate and become more confident when expressing their feelings during and after pregnancy.

  • Angie Martinez shares her journey through pregnancy, life and motherhood. This episode encourages mothers of color to find the right healthcare and support team during pregnancy and ways moms can overcome the challenges of managing motherhood, career, and life.

  • Family Planning plays a vital role in ensuring positive health outcomes in communities of color. This episode of MEternal features Dr. Michael Simoni of Reproductive Medical Associates (RMA) and will teach multicultural mothers about what reproductive health should look like when it comes to women of color.

  • This episode features maternal health advocate and March Of Dimes board member Tonya Lewis Lee and this conversation will help healthcare providers and mothers of color navigate the data and resources available as a solution to maternal healthcare deserts.

  • All women deserve healthcare that is safe, effective, efficient, and equitable. Joining us on MEternal is March Of Dimes CEO Dr. Elizabeth Cherot. This conversation will address the key findings of the recently published March Of Dimes Maternity Care Deserts Report and the crisis of access and equity in communities of color.

  • Joining us on the podcast is Doctor Joe Puma, Founder and President of Sorin Medical. This conversation will cover the complexities of Cardiovascular Health and its correlation to pregnancy throughout each trimester.

  • Women of color have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. HIV Maternal Health Director for Black Ladies and Public Health, Deirdre Speaks Johnson, joins us on the podcast to discuss her personal journey with HIV, how it affects maternal health, and how she's working to educate the black community to end stigmas and the criminalization of people living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Healing with Humor

    June 22nd 2023

    Joining the MEternal Podcast is stand-up comedian and actress Angelina Spicer. Angelina's story on how she became an accidental advocate for maternal health will take mothers through the complexities of postpartum depression and how she is using comedy to reduce the stigma and shame associated with postpartum depression.<br /><br />

  • Joining us on the podcast is Stacey Brayboy March of Dimes Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs. We'll be discussing public policy in the maternal health space and how March of Dimes is joining policymakers and local communities to help improve access to care.