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Mamatoto Village: building healthier communities through maternal health

February 23, 2015
Tell us about MamaToto Village and how it began. Mamatoto Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, devoted to creating career pathways for Women of Color in the field of Maternal Health; and empowering women with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions and choices in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives. Our mission is two-fold: to provide complementary and low-cost maternity support services to women and their families during pregnancy through the first year of the child's life, and to facilitate the increase of qualified women of color serving in the...
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Head Smacker: House Spends Billions on Business Tax Breaks, Leaves Out Low-Income People

February 20, 2015
The House passed billions in corporate tax breaks while neglecting low-income workers and their families. It's not only a Head Smacker, it's unacceptable.
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Jennie Joseph's JJ Way leads to better birth and breastfeeding outcomes

February 15, 2015
Tell us about your work and how it began. I was trained as a midwife in Great Britain in 1979 and moved to the United States in 1989. My experience has been quite diverse: European hospitals, American birth centers, clinics and homebirth environments. I’ve been instrumental in the regulation of Florida midwives since the 1990′s and have been involved in educating midwives since 1995. It took me a while to understand the history of midwifery in America and recognize the impact of the current maternity health care system on women and babies here. Having done extensive research and practical...
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Latin@s In Tech Summit Is Back – MomsRising / MamásConPoder proud to be part of it!

February 16, 2015
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Mark your calendars. The hugely successful, standing-room only Latin@s in Tech Summit leading up to the South by Southwest Festival is back! This time there will be 33 nationally and internationally acclaimed entrepreneurs as speakers, more focused panels on key lessons learned by successful Latin@-owned start-ups with a special focus on Latina entrepreneurs, and more opportunities to network with key influencers in the industry. MomsRising / MamásConPoder will be returning as a member of a panel on social entrepreneurship and tech. Please join us! You can purchase tickets...
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Helping Mom and Baby Breastfeed

February 13, 2015
I have been educating and supporting mothers on breastfeeding since 1996. After having my first daughter Jaylin, I not only felt a connection between the two of us but also a connection to the experience of breastfeeding. It wasn’t until signing up for WIC services for my son in 2009, however, that I became aware of the “Wonderful World of Lactation” as a career. As a result of that encounter, I was connected with HealthConnect One to become trained as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (PC), and within two years of becoming a PC, I obtained my CLC certification. I have worked at multiple...
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Breastfeeding is Not a Private Issue

February 13, 2015
My name is Rosetta M. Walls and I’m a former Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with HealthConnect One . I inadvertently became a counselor by taking the class to find out how to get my “Boob-Head” son off my breast. He was a little over one years old and I was totally exhausted from nursing. Amazingly, by the time I completed this class and bonded with those wonderful mothers, I nursed him till two-and-half years old. It’s funny how you seek out something to end a journey only to discover another one that’s been awaiting you to embrace it. I knew this was the direction I was to undertake because I...
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Breastfeeding is Not a Private Issue

February 13, 2015
My name is Rosetta M. Walls and I’m a former Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with HealthConnect One . I inadvertently became a counselor by taking the class to find out how to get my “Boob-Head” son off my breast. He was a little over one years old and I was totally exhausted from nursing. Amazingly, by the time I completed this class and bonded with those wonderful mothers, I nursed him till two-and-half years old. It’s funny how you seek out something to end a journey only to discover another one that’s been awaiting you to embrace it. I knew this was the direction I was to undertake because I...
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It’s 2015 and Tipped Wage Workers are STILL making $2.13/hour

February 13, 2015
February 13th is Tipped Wage Worker Day. Believe it or not, it has been 24 years since tipped wage workers have seen a raise. They still make $2.13/hour in many states. That is just crazy! We need to raise awareness, raise our voices, and raise the wage!
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View From A Rack, a talk show on breastfeeding

February 12, 2015
Tell us about View From A Rack and how it began. Moon : I started View From A Rack because countless women have numerous questions about breastfeeding and mothering and there was really no one to ask. A lot of women reached out to me and needed to have someone they could trust to show them they are capable of so much more than they ever knew possible. So I said let’s do a show where all the scores of questions mothers had could be answered on a weekly basis. Rebecca : In April 2014, Moon contacted me to ask if I would like to be a co-host with her on View From A Rack . I happily accepted...
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Table for Two pushes for public lactation spaces

February 11, 2015
Tell us about Table for Two and how it began. Table for Two (TFT) is a community organization that seeks to establish public lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers. We provide grassroots and real-world approaches to building global breastfeeding acceptance. The signature TFT campaign asks the important question, " You wouldn't eat in the bathroom, so why would you expect you expect a baby to?" was created by co-founders Sojourner Marable Grimmett and Monica Lindsey Ponder in 2011. Tell us about an experience you've had that conveys the importance of Table for Two. In public locations...
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