Workshop – Family Planning

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!

familiesforequity@gmail.com

Workshop – Breastfeeding for Women of Color

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.

Our next workshop is (tomorrow) Thursday, August 31st, Family Planning.

Workshop – Postpartum Care

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.

Images from our session:

(I have to work on my facial expressions, lol)

Resources

Organicfacts.net

Mountainroseherbs.com

Herbal-supplement-resource.com

WellnessMama.com

 

Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook by Dina Falconi; illustrated by Wendy Hollender

I found some of these images inspiring during my research, but I ended up not using any in the handouts

 

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide

This is a great beginner guide to learning about herbs and growing them

 

 

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

This is great for recipes and getting more involved in herbal remedies

 

 

Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de la Foret

This is the book I mentioned that is next on my list to get

 

 

 

A Kid’s Herb Book: For Children of All Ages by Lesley Tierra

This book was a great recommendation from a friend in introducing our kid’s to herbs. We are going to be focusing on this more this fall in our family. We may be able to do some group activities.

 

I also mentioned:

Herb Fairies   and Wildcraft from LearningHerbs.com during our session

(Links are not affiliate links, we do not make any money off of your purchases. Make sure you shop around for the best deals.)

 

See you next Thursday, August 24th, Breastfeeding for Women of Color. 

Workshop – Nutrition & Kemetic Yoga

One more workshop down! This one was led by Jillian, who just became certified in Kemetic Yoga.

Kemetic Yoga is the ancient Egyptian system of Yoga enlightenment based upon the practices of physical movements combined with controlled deep breathing and meditation.

A quick video:

Brief Kemetic Yoga session

Images from our session

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!

Workshop – Babywearing and Skin to Skin

We had our first workshop for our month of Breastfeeding Awareness informative workshops; leading up to Black Breastfeeding Week.

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.

Additional images

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.

 

What we discussed:

Our handout covered introductory information on what babywearing is and the different types of carriers available. We also covered Babywearing International’s ABCs of Babywearing Safety.

If you would like to learn more about Skin to Skin care or Kangaroo Care, Kangaroo Mother Care is a great place to start.

 

We look forward to seeing you at our next event on Thursday, August 10th Nutrition & Kemetic YOGA.

Breastfeeding Awareness!

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month! And leading up to Black Breastfeeding Week (last week in August), we have organized informational workshops for EVERY Thursday this month!!!

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month! And leading up to Black Breastfeeding Week (last week in August), we have organized informational workshops for EVERY Thursday this month!!!

We will also have a park meetup back at Watsessing Park (Bloomfield side) just like last year! August 26th!

We would LOVE to see you at all or at least one of these events!!

3rd – Babywearing & Skin to Skin* –
https://www.facebook.com/events/126057417912306/

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.

led by: Takisha Miller of Families for Equity


10th – Nutrition & Kemetic YOGA* –https://www.facebook.com/events/2015348252035254/

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.

led by Jillian Faulks-Majuta


17th – Postpartum Care* –https://www.facebook.com/events/2002336743386183/

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.

led by Takisha Miller of Families for Equity


24th – Breastfeeding for Women of Color* –https://www.facebook.com/events/342389759527708/

led by Vicki Nizen of WIC in EO

 

 

 

 

 

26th – Community Exchange –https://www.facebook.com/events/244913045997168/

“Representation Matters”
A Community Exchange

This year’s National theme is: Bet on Black
https://www.facebook.com/BlackBreastfeedingWeek/

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. (familiesforequity@gmail.com)


31st – Family Planning* –https://www.facebook.com/events/1908595926081731/

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!

led by Stephanie of Masakhane

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*This event is organized by The Essex County Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Project of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, the VNA Health Group, and Families for Equity in support of celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week.

 

If you would like to RSVP to these events, you are welcome to email us at familiesforequity@gmail.com