July 14, 2021
Black Children Need to See Themselves in Stories
I made an intentional choice to read to my daughter starting from the moment that I learned I was pregnant, and promised to make sure that the stories we read together were ones that she could see herself represented in.
June 27, 2021
Designing a Better World for Black Women
Black women and other women of colour have repeatedly been erased from data collection, research, policy efforts, and representation across all sectors. The result is a world that uses them, but is not designed for them.
June 16, 2021
My Experience with Postpartum Anxiety
Like almost a quarter of Canadian women, I identify as a mom navigating a postpartum period plagued with worry and sadness. This is my story.
June 9, 2021
Supporting Black Youth in Entering STEM Fields
Supporting Black youth in entering STEM fields is more than just outreach programs for children and youth. Resources and programs supporting their journey from elementary school to post-secondary studies and careers are important for success.
May 9, 2021
This Mother's Day, I invite you to take some time to mother yourself. Give yourself the love, care, and compassion (and whatever else you need) that you deserve.
April 13, 2021
April Showers Bring May Flowers
In the past, I've shared tips on how to move through difficult situations, but now I would like to take a moment to create space to honour the uncomfortable emotions.
March 11, 2021
Well-Being During COVID-19: Spring Edition
With spring just around the corner, we are eagerly looking forward to the brighter days ahead, and invite parents to think about this time as a period for emotional renewal.
January 26, 2021
New Year, New You?
After the difficulties of last year, it’s important that parents take the time to care for themselves in 2021!
November 13, 2020
How Black Mamas Can Prioritize Their Well-Being
It is now more important than ever that we as Black mothers take the time to look after our own well-being. Here are some tools that may help you navigate these difficult times.
October 30, 2020
We Need To Talk About Black Women and Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an international campaign symbolized by pink ribbons that aims to increase awareness of breast cancer, to raise funds for research, and to educate the public on the importance of early screening, testing, and prevention. In the past 120 years, we have seen leaps and bounds in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer. Unfortunately, the degree of progress is not the same across all races and ethnicities.
October 9, 2020
Stopping the Silence: Discussing Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Recently, famous model, Chrissy Teigan and her musically-acclaimed husband, John Legend, shared the death of their third child, Jack, due to pregnancy complications. Witnessing the reactions to the news has been very telling. Many people have reached out to the couple with words of kindness, love, support and gratitude - commending them for their bravery in sharing something that is normally kept private. Others have chosen to respond to the news by shaming the couple. The latter part is why I’m writing this blog post.
September 17, 2020
Motherhood and Mental Health
There’s something I wanna talk to you about today. I’m going to preface what I’m about to share by saying that I know this is not an easy or comfortable topic to discuss, but it is incredibly necessary. There are too many Mamas that are struggling in silence and it’s time for that to stop - today, right now.
August 31, 2020
The Power of Sharing Breastfeeding Journeys (Black Breastfeeding Week)
It is important that we normalize and encourage mothers to share their own breastfeeding struggles and triumphs. To that end, and in honour of Black Breastfeeding Week, we spoke with two amazing Black moms from our Youth Subcommittee on their personal breastfeeding journeys.
August 30, 2020
The Importance of Black Breastfeeding Week
Breastfeeding has amazing benefits for both Mama and baby, but Black women have lower rates of breastfeeding. Why is that, and what is Black Breastfeeding Week?
November 12, 2016
A Closer Look at Midwifery
Many women have requested midwifery services, have considered it or know someone who has used a midwife for their maternal needs. Midwives in Canada are regulated by professional colleges, similar to physicians and provide care for low-risk pregnancies throughout pregnancy, labor and 6 weeks following birth.
October 4, 2016
YOUR PREGNANCY - YOUR PROBLEM? Bringing Maternity Health Issues to the Forefront
Bringing a life into the world should not cost a mother her life. It has been said before that women are closest to death during labor, but research studies show that a mother’s risk of death can actually begin early in pregnancy and extend as long as 42 days after pregnancy. Sadly, this trend is common throughout the world, including in developed countries that spend more money on healthcare.