Autocuidado para mejorar nuestra salud física y mental / Self-care to improve physical & mental health

Presentado por: Dámarys Crespo-Valedón y Yamellies Rivera González

Desde que comenzό la pandemia por el COVID-19, las promotoras de la salud que están al frente de esta pandemia, tienen altos niveles de estrés. Estos niveles elevados de estrés pueden dañar nuestro bienestar mental y físico. Este taller de autocuidado es para trabajadores comunitarios de salud y cualquier persona que quiera aprender técnicas para controlar sus niveles de estrés.

Se centra en el modelo de autocuidado que creó el Dr. James Gordon, fundador de The Center for Mind-Body Medicne (CMBM), en el cual, se enseñan destrezas de autocuidado, autoconciencia y ayuda mutua.

Espacio limitado – Regístrese aquí – 22 de Septiembre – 1:00 p.m. (CST)

Este seminario web discutirá lo siguiente:

• aprender y practicar una o dos de las destrezas que promueve el modelo
• diversos tipos de meditación
• visualizaciones guiadas
• bioretroalimentación
• entrenamiento autógeno y expression

Estas herramientas nos ayudan a manejar la ansiedad, la depresión y el estrés postraumático, entre otras condiciones. Además, brinda las herramientas necesarias para desarrollar resiliencia de manera muy sencilla y asequible, porque todo lo que se necesita lo tenemos en nuestro cuerpo, en nuestras manos.

Espacio limitado – Regístrese aquí – 22 de Septiembre – 1:00 p.m. (CST)

Note: This HC One webinar Self-care to improve physical & mental health is being presented in Spanish. At this time, there is no English version of the webinar scheduled. 

Eng Span webinars

Apoyando a Familias | Supporting Families During COVID-19 and Emergencies

“Supporting Families During COVID-19 and Emergencies led by Lourdes Santaballa, Executive Director, Alimentación Segura Infantil (ASI) in Puerto Rico (PR) presented their approach to supporting families during emergencies and this public health pandemic.

“Apoyando a Familias Durante COVID-19 y Emergencias” presentado por Lourdes Santaballa, Directora Ejecutiva de, Alimentación Segura Infantil (ASI) en Puerto Rico (PR) compartió su enfoque para apoyar a las familias durante emergencias y durante esta pandemia de salud pública.

Resources/ Recursos

Guía Operativa para el Personal de Socorro en Emergencias del IFE  | Operational Guidance for Emergency Relief Staff and Programme Managers of the IFE Core Group

Global Health Media Video (in English only) Extracción Manual de Leche/How to Express Breastmilk

Guía express para la Alimentación Segura en Emergencias | Express Guide for Safe Infant Feeding During Emergencies

Jamarah Amani webinar photo

Increase power, improve health outcomes, Amani says

Please click below to view the webinar video from May 28.

“We cannot talk about health disparities without talking about power, and how lack of access to power over the course of one’s life impacts the ability to be healthy,” Jamarah Amani, executive director of Southern Birth Justice, told more than 100 birth workers and others on HealthConnect One’s recent webinar.

“By increasing power, we also improve health outcomes,” Amani said. She was the featured presenter on the second of three webinars focusing on birth equity this spring and summer. Milwaukeean Dalvery Blackwell presented her agency’s birth equity work during COVID-19 on the first; a third is later this week in Spanish and in English

Amani is founder of the National Black Midwives Alliance, the only national professional association specifically for midwives of African descent, as well as director at Southern Birth Justice, working to expand the birth justice movement and to make midwifery and doula care accessible to all. She’s been honored numerous times for tackling the epidemics of black maternal and infant morbidity and mortality for more than 15 years, such as the 2019 Trailblazer Award from the city of Miami, as well as media coverage in Florida where she’s based and nationally.

Birth Justice Bill of Rights & Circle of Mamas 

Amani presented an approach that combines the toolboxes of the community health worker and the community organizer. She shared her organization’s Birth Justice Bill of Rights, 22 core values that Black and all other pre-conception, pregnant, birthing or postpartum persons have a right to–from the right to stand against racism to the right to recognize that my body is always mine. 

She also discussed their seven-year-old Circle of Mamas program, a combination childbirth preparation, doula support, and leadership development circle, Amani said: “e talk to young mamas about their birth options. We educate them, they educate us on what their needs are, and we work together collaboratively with our community in a participatory way to uplift and honor their needs.” 

She presented, with permission, the video birth story of Bianca, a young woman who participated in Circle of Mamas and chose to deliver at a birth center. 

“When I watched this video,” Amani said, “it really to me is what is possible when we come together as a community, when we have access to black midwives and black doulas, when young parents are not shamed but they are celebrated for their journey into motherhood  and parenting. This is to me what is possible.”

“And it doesn’t mean it’s easy. You know but it is possible. And it will help to not only improve health outcomes but make our communities better places to live and to grow. That is central to the birth justice movement.”

PPE for Black Midwives available 

As Amani explained in the opening portion of her pre-recorded presentation, a client was headed into labor at the scheduled time of the session. But that seemed to present few problems for Amani, nor for participants who tuned in through to the end of the session, facilitated by the HealthConnect One team. Joining the call were more than 130 people from 30 states and Puerto Rico, as well as several who joined in from Brazil and Canada.

The presentation lifted up historical birth workers including Onnie Lee Logan and Biddy Mason and was dedicated to Claudia Booker, the Washington, D.C. midwife who passed away earlier this year, a formative influence for Amani.

Before ending the session, Amani discussed key initiatives in her work during the time of COVID-19.  The National Black Midwives Alliance and Everyday Birth magazine are paying for Personal Protective Equipment for midwives of color facing difficulties getting these supplies. Information on how to request a kit or make donations to support purchase of additional kits is here.