The final workshop of our series was led by Stephanie of Masakhane. Unfortunately, we didn’t have many attendees, but those of us that were present were super interested in her learning tools and the information she had to offer. I’m definitely hoping to connect with Stephanie in the future.
Contact us if you would like to connect with us for further workshops!
We had our second annual Black Breastfeeding Event. This year’s national theme was: #betonblack
We ended up with 3 nursing moms and some of their supportive family members. Although it was a small turn out, I really enjoyed our chats and really getting to know those who attend our events.
We also had Monique from Brown Skin Green Beauty join us. She opened our eyes to the concept of using green makeup to help with healing your skin. She also made some great points about how we care for our body. We can’t wait for her to join us again!
We really enjoyed giving away some fun items. We still have plans to give away any leftover items, once we are done with our last workshop. Stay tuned on our Facebook and Instagram pages for further details.
Our last workshop seemed to just fly by. We had the pleasure of meeting Vickie Nizin; an IBCLC who works at the WIC office in East Orange, NJ. She showed us a great video of fellow breastfeeding moms of color. We also sat around chatting about our experiences and went off on a tangent about our children’s names and meanings. It felt really great to connect with other families.
This week’s workshop was led by myself, Takisha. I started out excited because I love sharing our 4th Trimester Care kits with others. The event started off slow, but ended on a great note! I have to admit that I was a bit overwhelmed at some point because there was so much information to share and so many questions to answer. But, we got through it and I think I managed to not overwhelm the group with too much information. Although, I’m just realizing that we didn’t really get a chance to introduce ourselves, lol.
Anyway, this event was extremely special to me because we are gearing up to offer these workshops to others and it felt good to get over this hurdle of our first. Moving forward we will definitely spread them out instead of having so many things to make in one session, head on over to our INFOShops page to learn more.
Today, we talked about the word Postpartum and the precise meaning. We briefly discussed the postpartum period and touched on what the fourth trimester is. I think we may need to revisit all of this information moving forward.
I shared with the group what is in our 4th Trimester Care package and went through what is in everything.
We discussed our nourishing tea, healing salve, and energy bites. We were able to sample the tea and actually make the bites. We didn’t end up making the other 2, but I did walk some through making the salve. Hopefully, we will be able to make it another time.
As for nutrition, we discussed the connection between eating well, breastfeeding, and yoga.
See you next Thursday, August 17th, Postpartum Care. We’re going to be showing attendees how to make some of the items in our 4th Trimester Care packages. We would love to have a few more people show up!
We had a small crowd, but we were still able to supply a lot of information and help spread the love of Babywearing to fellow parents.
Diamond, a Wrapsody Ambassador was able to demo a ringsling for our attendees.
Our attendees seemed to enjoy trying out our carriers. Not every little one was as eager during the process.
These images were during our presentation where I showed off the carriers in our beginning Learning Library. Which mostly consist of my own carriers. We did receive 2 donations from Kat Chaffin. I will create a post with an inventory of the carriers in our library.
Babywearing is a term used to describe carrying your child, using a piece of fabric. This practice has been utilized for centuries among many different cultures across the globe. Babywearing is also a useful aid when breastfeeding or providing skin to skin care.
Kemetic Yoga and the Yoga Skills Method both have origins in Ancient Egypt. By combining movement with breath, this style of yoga allows participants to tap into their internal energy creating balance and focus while promoting health. Benefits of Kemetic Yoga include stress management, self control and wellness to name a few. This session will give parents a few breathing techniques and movements to help manage stress. Techniques that are great for the entire families.
Postpartum care focuses on the care of the parent after the birth of the child. There are great benefits in focusing on the 4th trimester. The 4th Trimester is a term describing the first 3 months of your baby’s life where establishing that initial breastfeeding relationship is the most crucial. While caring for your newborn, it can become difficult to care for yourself. Join Takisha Miller as she shows you how to make some of the items found in Families for Equity’s 4th Trimester Care kit that will help you push through those first 12 weeks. These items are simple enough to do on your own or to delegate to someone on your support team. Attendees will be able to go home with plenty of samples.
Black Breastfeeding Week is normally celebrated during the last week of Breastfeeding Awareness Month (August). Join us as we celebrate and spread the word about breastfeeding within the black community.
Meet us in Watsessing Park, just like last year! Bring your questions and support! And a picnic blanket.
We will meet in the section of the park on Bloomfield Ave & Conger St.
We will be highlighting the support networks in our community!
Feel free to contact us, if you’re interested in addressing our attendees. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This workshop will cover a variety of sexuality topics. Do you have questions about birth control? Healthy and unhealthy relationships? Talking to your kids about consent and sexuality? Periods? Healthy sexual development? We have (most of) the answers!