Birthing a Sustainable Future: Climate Action Starts in the BirthRoom

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Join HealthConnect One for the third and final installment of our Perinatal Health and Preparedness Webinar Series hosted by Dr. Tyra Gross!  This webinar is titled: Birthing a Sustainable Future: Climate Action Starts in the Birth Room

Date: May 21 | Time: 1:00 PM EST | ZOOM Webinar

In this session, we’ll delve into the vital role doulas play in addressing climate change and sustainability within the realm of maternal and child health.

Throughout the discussion, we’ll explore how doulas can impact climate action, examining specific strategies and interventions that can be implemented both individually and collectively. Our panelists will share firsthand experiences of working with climate change efforts, offering valuable insights into the intersection of birthwork and environmental sustainability.

As we discuss next steps, we’ll outline actionable measures that birthworkers can take to contribute to a more sustainable future for generations to come. Drawing inspiration from the successes and challenges faced by communities affected by natural disasters, we’ll emphasize the importance of collaboration and preparedness in building resilience.

Make sure to catch the recording of the first two webinars in this installment series; Empowering the Birth Community for Climate Action and Resilience Rising: Birthwork & Preparedness in a Changing World

Please click the video below to watch the Birthing a Sustainable Future: Climate Action Starts in the Birth Room


Dr. Tyra Gross | Xavier University of Louisiana

Dr. Tyra Toston Gross is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Xavier University of Louisiana, where she has worked as a public health instructor, researcher and mentor since August 2015. Her research expertise is in maternal & child health disparities. Prior to joining Xavier, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive women’s health at University of Texas Medical Branch. Given her interest in maternal & child health, the majority of Dr. Gross’ research has focused on the health of reproductive-age women. Her current research projects include exploring the health of Black postpartum women in Louisiana, and smoking cessation needs for low-income pregnant women. Dr. Gross is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). She is a certified Personal & Executive Coach with the Capp Institute. Dr. Gross is also a proud wife and mother of four spunky kids and an aspiring entrepreneur and philanthropist.


Malaika Ludman | Birthmark Doula Collective

Malaika Ludman is a birth doula and certified lactation counselor who holds a master’s degree in public health. She is Program Coordinator for Birthmark Doula Collective’s Infant Ready program, which provides tools and information to promote perinatal emergency preparedness.  She is also a lactation home visitor. As a mother of two, she recognizes the value in providing all pregnant and postpartum families with equal access to gentle, respectful, and compassionate care.

Lourdes Santaballa | ASI (Alimentación Segura Infantil)

Activist and community organizer, peer counselor, mentor, researcher, and trainer, having worked in the domestic violence, housing equity and reproductive rights/infant feeding movements. She is the co-founder of Alimentación Segura Infantil, an intergenerational organization based in Puerto Rico focused on increasing breastfeeding, leadership and training and gender equity in traditionally marginalized communities, with a focus on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery and against binary and colonialist backlash. ASI is the largest infant feeding NGO in Puerto Rico. This year, ASI launched its online training platform, creating unique lactation certifications and fulfilling the IBLCE blueprint for IBCLC candidates, differentiating itself from other Spanish language courses because of its focus on gender inclusion, racial justice, and community centered care. An IBCLC with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition, she is considered a foremost expert in Puerto Rico and beyond on IYCF-E and the International Code on Marketing of Human Milk Substitutes and is the recipient of various international and national awards and recognition. You can listen to her weekly podcast in Spanish, Teta y Pecho: Lactancia Interseccional on all the major platforms.

Tylar Williams, MPH, CHES | Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES)

Tylar Williams is a research coordinator and the maternal and child health program manager at the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES). She’s been with the organization for 5 years. She earned her BS in Health Education from Howard University and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. During her time at Tulane she was a member of the Center for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and was also the 2019 recipient of the Elizabeth A. Bennett Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. She is passionate about reproductive justice, birth justice, and health education.

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