- Posted by: Diana Pando
Update: here’s a video of the webinar featuring Dalvery Blackwell presenting on African-American Breastfeeding Network’s birth work in Milwaukee during COVID-19.
COVID-19 virus has been deemed a public health pandemic by the World Health Organization in January. During this time, birthing communities of color and African-American families need continuity of support, affirmation and emotional support.
Due to this COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in birthing families feeling anxiety, fear, and stress who might not have access to traditional visits at home or hospital and breastfeeding peer counselor or community-based doula support. The webinar will be led by Dalvery Blackwell, Executive Director of the African-American Breastfeeding Network (AABN), who will share why this approach is imperative during this public health crisis. She will also share how AABN is continuing to support families effectively in Milwaukee during these challenging times.
The African-American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) has been providing peer support that is trusted and rooted in the community for over 10 years. They focus on supporting African-American families from birth through postpartum period.
Dalvery Blackwell, AABN’s Executive Director, will share why this approach is imperative during this public health crises. She will also share in this webinar how AABN is continuing to support families effectively in Milwaukee during these challenging times.
AABN is also a national leader in first food equity and advocate for African-American families. AABN also convenes and supports doulas in the community to support them in providing support for families.
This webinar will cover the following:
- Discuss the importance of continuity of support from trusted peers in the community during this public health pandemic
- Importance of community-rooted based support for birthing parents and breastfeeding parents
- Adapting services due to COVID-19 and impact of public health pandemic on community
- Feel hopeful and supported
Speaker Bio: Dalvery Blackwell is Executive Director and a co-founder of the African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN). She is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications. AABN was established in 2008 and has been recognized by Essence Magazine, Associated Press, and CDC.