Empowering the Birth Community for Climate Action

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Join HealthConnect One for the first installment of our Perinatal Health and Preparedness Webinar Series hosted by Dr. Tyra Gross!  The first of three informative webinars is titled: Empowering the Birth Community for Climate Action

Date: March 27th | Time: 1:00 PM EST | ZOOM Webinar

Join us for a dynamic webinar exploring the intersection of climate change and birthwork. We’ll unpack the core concepts of climate change and its impact on maternal health, equipping birthworkers with actionable strategies to integrate climate-conscious practices into their work and advocacy. Together, we’ll empower birthworkers to play a pivotal role in addressing climate change and fostering resilient communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with experts and fellow birthworkers in creating positive change for our planet and the families we serve!⁠

Please click below to watch the recording of the Empowering the Birth Community for Climate Action webinar:


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.


Esther McCant | Metro Mommy Agency

Esther McCant, founder and CEO of Metro Mommy Agency (MMA), has supported hundreds of mothers in South Florida through childbirth education, breastfeeding assistance, and postpartum doula services. Certified in Commonsense Childbirth, she also works as a maternal health consultant, lactation counselor, and HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator. Esther recently completed Advanced Doula Skills Training to aid high-risk clients, focusing on diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, and dehydration.

She co-leads the Healthy Baby Taskforce, addressing infant mortality and breastfeeding rates in Miami-Dade County. Additionally, Esther directs the Jasmine Project, offering wraparound services to reduce infant mortality in local communities. As founder of MMA’s Doula Mentorship program, she mentors over 27 doulas across Florida, Georgia, and Hawaii, and supports Southern Birth Justice Network doula mentees.

Jacqueline Lambert | Let’s Talk Baby Cafe

Jacqueline Lambert, the Community-Based Doula Manager and Trainer at HealthConnect One, has dedicated 15 years to empowering women and families in her community. She’s an advocate for women’s health, particularly in breastfeeding. Jacqueline initiated training programs for home visitation programs to improve breastfeeding support and advocacy. She continues this work through WIC peer support programs. Notably, she managed one of the most successful Baby Cafes in Mississippi, attracting over 600 participants during COVID. Jacqueline values each cafe session as an opportunity to connect with families and learn from their experiences. Recognized for her contributions to Maternal and Child Health, she enjoys family time, travel, church activities, and discovering new television shows.

Emily Little | Nurutely

Emily Little, PhD, CLEC, is a perinatal health educator, researcher, and advocate, and is the Founder and Executive Director of Nurturely. She completed her PhD at University of California, San Diego in experimental psychology with a specialization in anthropogeny. Emily conducts community-participatory research that combines approaches from anthropology, psychology, and public health to explore infant-caregiver interaction and perinatal health systems, with the end goal of improving policies and societal practices so all infants and caregivers can thrive. She is trained as a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor and Babywearing Educator and is passionate about co-creating community-led programs that facilitate equitable access to wellness during the perinatal period. Her time living and working in Micronesia, Central and South America, and India inspired her passion for strengthening cultures of support for infants and caregivers and promoting equity and cultural humility in all aspects of her work.

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