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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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Learn & Spread the Word About the School Breakfast Program

February 19, 2015
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But not enough kids that are eligible are taking advantage of the School Breakfast Program. Learn why...and spread the word!
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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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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Let's Celebrate School Food Heroes!

February 16, 2015
This month, PreventObesity.net is celebrating school food heros. They are highlighting people who have gone above and beyond to ensure that all snacks in schools are Smart Snacks . In celebration of Valentine's Day, they named these amazing heros "Smart Snacks Sweethearts". As you might know, Smart Snacks in Schools are the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition standards for food sold in school snack bars, vending machines and a la carte lines. Join #FoodFri with @MomsRising and @Prevent_Obesity on Friday, February 20, 2015 to learn more about Smart Snacks in schools and celebrate Smart...
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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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Planting a Seed

February 12, 2015
1. The early years… the seed is planted Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com Words in my food lexicon - white rice (I eat mine with butter and sugar – none of that salt and pepper crap), white flour (for making biscuits and frying chicken), white bread, and white sugar. Words NOT in my food lexicon - whole wheat, whole grain, and organic (this hadn’t been invented yet, at least that I was aware of). Mashed potatoes were flakes in a box. Fish came from a can. You took that canned fish, mix it with my mom’s special ingredients, and fried in Crisco. Saddle this croquette next to fried potatoes,...
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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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