We are grateful to our Ambassadors. Here is another in a series intended to showcase our advocates and team members and their story in the arena of maternal mental health care.
SALISBURY, MD – I am an adventure loving doula, speaker, and coach, fighting to change the way women love themselves and others. I started out as a mental health caseworker but after the premature birth of my daughter and a huge fight with postpartum depression, I decided to train as a doula and went on to open my own family wellness center that focuses on mothers and their families as they transition into their life with a new baby. I believe when women are met with love and grace they can do incredible things!
I am pursuing my masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and also hosting a local ColorWalk in Salisbury, MD this Spring 2019. My mission in leading a ColorWalk is to give a voice back to mothers who have been drowning in silence, to empower them. To push them beyond what they think they are capable of. To nurture them and provide them with support so they can crush any goals they set for themselves. Not only as mothers, but as women!
Q: 2020 Mom’s mission is to close gaps in maternal mental health care. What’s your big hope for how 2020 Mom can fulfill this bold mission?
A: My big hope is to see 2020 Mom fulfill its mission by also closing the gaps for women of color and maternal mental health care. I hope that they see the importance of having care and advocates for women and families of color who face very unique challenges in maternal mental health care systems.
Q: Who or what are you inspired by right now – and why?
A: Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is currently my Shero! Her platform "Therapy For Black Girls" is changing the way black women look at mental health services while connecting them with black therapists who know how to address their unique cultural challenges. Her most recent feature in Forbes Magazine definitely has me screaming "GOALS."
Q: What compelled you to work with 2020 Mom?
A: I feel I especially have a responsibility to black women. Our maternal mental health is being masked by stigma and misconception, that as black women we were made to just “endure.” My big hope is that by joining 2020 Mom, I can be a voice for other black women who face unique barriers in mental health treatment. I hope that working with 2020 Mom helps to connect black women to mental health service providers that are culturally competent, and helps them navigate and heal generational habits and raise a new generation of healthy black mothers.
Q: What do you love about 2020 Mom?
A: I love that 2020 Mom allows us to tell our own stories the way we need to. There is no pressure to be from a certain walk of life, or have a certain view on how things should be done. They allow each Ambassador to bring their own unique voice to the table. I'm very big on partnering for the greater good, and 2020 Mom sees the importance in partnering with diverse voices so no families are left feeling like this isn't a space for them.
Q: If you can choose to have a superpower, what would it be and why?
A: If I had a superpower, it would be to clean my entire house with a flick of my wrist. Clutter makes me super anxious and I could live in perfect peace with a clean house at all times. LOL!
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