Trainings and Gatherings

Webinar · July 27, 2020

Demystifying Maternal Health For Millennials

Pregnancy, Birth and Reproductive Health are topics that should be embraced in every household, yet so many of us haven’t learned the most basic of information about our bodies. We are living through a maternal health crisis in the USA that disproportionately affects Black Women and Native American Women and while millennials may make up the next generation of parents, many are seeking options, have questions begging to be answered and want to be empowered as they navigate the birth process. Join NATAL podcast co-hosts, Martina Abrahams Ilunga and Gabrielle Horton along with Mama Glow’s head of content, Daphne Thompson and Djali Brown Cepeda, founder of Ancestral Allchemy, in a lively informative conversation about maternal health for the millennial generation.

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VIRTUAL TRAINING · September 13 - October 18, 2020

Mama Glow Doula Homeschool Level 1: Weekly Program

This is a weekly program that covers pregnancy through the early postpartum period and will take place Sundays over a 6-week period. Starting Sunday, September 13thOctober 18th. The course will be offered at $525. This includes weekly class on Sundays from 12pm-3pm ET. Please click the link to read to see the full training schedule. The virtual program will include hours of LIVE video chat training via Zoom with Latham Thomas and modules with guest teachers, assignments to complete at home and with your fellow doula trainees. Plus there are opportunities for Q&A with Latham and ample time to connect digitally for face-to-face chat online with your doula sisters. Level 1 Doula Trainees will have a designated TA (a Teacher Assistant) to help support you during and through the end of the program. With an orientation the week prior to class starting. This program is open to all regardless of previous experience.

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VIRTUAL TRAINING · August 3-9, 2020

Mama Glow Doula Homeschool: Level 2

A 6-Day Live Online Doula Education Program with Latham Thomas + Guest Teachers
August 3-9th, 2020

Our unique LEVEL 2 format will expand in subject matter and depth upon our foundational LEVEL 1 training, taking a deeper dive into complicated birth and the postnatal experience. The course includes preparation and education for postpartum doula support. In addition to labor and birth support, all doulas who have completed LEVEL 2 will be equipped to support women through the postpartum period. The intensive will be jam packed with content. As birth activism is central to the pulse of our mission and training, we will continue to weave the thread of advocacy with our distinguished, world-renown and award-winning guest teachers. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.

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VIRTUAL TRAINING · July 20-26, 2020

Mama Glow Doula Homeschool: Level 1

A 6-Day Live Online Doula Education Program with Latham Thomas + Guest Teachers July 20th-26th, 2020

The week-long program covers pregnancy through the early postpartum period. This includes class on weekday evenings from 4:00-7:00pm ET and 12:00-3:30pm ET on the weekend. Please scroll down to see the full training schedule. The virtual program will include hours of LIVE video chat training via Zoom with Latham Thomas and modules with guest teachers, assignments to complete at home. Plus opportunities for Q&A with Latham and ample time to connect digitally for face-to-face chat online with your doula sisters. Plus Level 1 Doula Trainees will have a designated TA (a Teacher Assistant) to help support you during and through the end of the program. This program is open to all regardless of experience. There are no prerequisites to join us, your course load and work begins when you start the course.

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Webinar · June 30th, 2020

LGBTQ + Parenting and Affirming Black Life: Raising Young Activists

Join Junauda Petrus-Nasah and Jodie Patterson for a conversation about their respective journeys as black women and mothers who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Junauda Petrus-Nasah, activist and author of “The Stars and The Blackness Between Them” will share her journey as a mother in a blended family and how she and her partner navigate raising a daughter in Minneapolis. Jodie Patterson, activist and author of “The Bold World” will share her journey of parenting a trans son and how she has committed her life to trans activism. Moderated by Jamia Wilson of Feminist Press, this conversation will explore the intersections of race and gender and expand the lens on parenting.

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webinar · JUNE 24, 2020

Period Power: A Conversation About Cycles & Womb Health

Learn about the reproductive life cycle, the power of menses, and how to take care of your sacred anatomy in this informative webinar. Learn about rituals to support painful or symptomatic cycles and tools to amplify self-care and tend to your inner garden. You will leave with practical self-care practices that can carry you through the changes you may be experiencing during times of high stress. Panelists include: Alicia Hudson – Doula & founder of Honeydew Holistics LLC, Cindy Luquin – Latinx Sex educator, founder of Howl at the Womb, and Courtney Mayszak – Co-Founder & CPO of De Lune. Conversation will be moderated by Mama Glow Doula Djali Brown Cepeda.

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VIRTUAL TRAINING · June 7 - July 19, 2020

Mama Glow Doula Homeschool: Level 1 – Weekly Program

This is a weekly program that covers pregnancy through the early postpartum period and will take place Sundays over a 6-week period. Starting Sunday, June 7thJuly 19th (no class July 4th weekend) The course will be offered at $475 (at a significant tuition discount). This includes weekly class on Sundays from 11am-2pm ET. Please continue to read to see the full training schedule. The virtual program will include hours of LIVE video chat training via Zoom with Latham Thomas and modules with guest teachers, assignments to complete at home and with your fellow doula trainees. Plus there are opportunities for Q&A with Latham and ample time to connect digitally for face-to-face chat online with your doula sisters. Level 1 Doula Trainees will have a designated TA (a Teacher Assistant) to help support you during and through the end of the program. With an orientation the week prior to class starting. This program is open to all regardless of previous experience.

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VIRTUAL TRAINING · May 25-31, 2020

Mama Glow Doula Homeschool: Level 1

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come up with a way to ensure that your doula training continues: Mama Glow Doula Homeschool: Level 1 brings the training right into the comfort of your home while you quarantine. The week-long program covers pregnancy through the early postpartum period and will take place May 25-31st and will be offered at $475 (at a significant tuition discount for this session only). This includes class on weekday evenings from 4:00-7:00pm ET and 12:00-3:00pm on the weekend. The virtual program will include hours of LIVE video training via Zoom with Latham Thomas and modules with guest teachers, assignments to complete at home. Plus opportunities for Q&A with Latham and ample time to connect digitally for face-to-face chat online with your doula sisters. Plus Level 1 Doula Trainees will have a designated TA (a Teacher Assistant) to help support you during and through the end of the program. This program is open to all regardless of experience.

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webinar · May 21, 2020

Parenting For Liberation: A Guide For Raising Black Children

Join Trina Greene Brown, author of Parenting for Liberation and Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow.
Speaking directly to parents raising Black children in a world of police brutality, racialized violence, and disenfranchisement, Parenting for Liberation combines powerful storytelling with practical exercises, encouraging readers to imagine parenting methods rooted in liberated rather than fear. This guide fills a critical gap in currently available resources for parenting. Pairing personal stories from Trina Greene Brown’s successful podcast series with open-ended prompts designed to inspire reflection and creativity, this book provides insight for those seeking to dismantle harmful narratives about Black families, initiate difficult conversations on social issues with their children, and find community with other parents who share their struggle. This will be a lively discussion and opportunity to ask questions and dive into some of the book’s principles and lessons.

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Webinar · May 19, 2020

Say Her Name: Black Maternal Mortality & Honoring Mothers Lost

This month we celebrate mothers and we  acknowledge and honor the lives of mothers we have lost as a result of childbirth or childbirth related causes. Black women and Native women are 4 to 5 times more likely than white women to die during childbirth or due to childbirth related causes. What does this this mean for the families that are left behind when lives are lost? How does one heal after tragedy hits and how does one spring into action to seek justice? Join two fathers who have been directly impacted by this issue. Charles Johnson, the founder of 4Kira4Moms who became an advocate for birthing people when he tragically lost his wife Kira Johnson after a routine C-section in California. Charles will be joined by Bruce McIntyre, partner of Amber Isaac, a Bronx woman who tweeted about medical neglect and lost her life days later during childbirth. Both Kira and Amber’s stories have sparked rage, sorrow, fear and action.

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Training · November 13-15, 2020 - MIAMI

Mama Glow Doula Immersion – Level 1

Join us in MIAMI for Doula Immersion. Pregnancy and birth offer a unique opportunity to support and empower women as well as educate society about the innate strength of the female body and the sacred journey of pregnancy and birth. The Mama Glow Doula Immersion program starts with a 3-Day transformative intensive will begin at 10am-6pm daily and is packed with material, ritual, and action to prepare doulas to serve at clients through pregnancy and the early postpartum period. We lay the foundation of training for the next generation of birth workers. Reproductive Justice and birth activism is central to the pulse of our mission and training. No previous experience is required.

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Webinar · Apr 22, 2020 6:00PM ET

Pregnant During a Pandemic: Learn EFT Tapping to Release Stress & Anxiety

Pregnancy can often feel like an emotional rollercoaster, and with the coronavirus pandemic, there is heightened anxiety and uncertainty for pregnant folk. In this zoom masterclass you will learn about breakthrough tools that will help you handle being pregnant and or in labor during the pandemic, and will teach you how to best support yourself and your baby through powerful anxiety-relief techniques. If you are a birth worker, this class can help you not only protect yourself but also teach your clients as well. Tapping is a powerful self-soothing technique that combines modern psychology and ancient Chinese acupressure points. Tapping has been clinically proven to reduce the level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body. Tapping expert Jessica Ortner will teach you how to use this technique to relieve anxiety as well as how to best support your clients with this new tool during these uncertain times.

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Webinar · April 15, 2020 12:00PM ET

Birth Equity: A Spotlight on Systemic Disparities & Black Maternal Health

Black Maternal Health Week

COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of our medical system. We know that maternal mortality and morbidity disproportionately affects black women and during this time, with rapidly changing policies and lack of support, we know that there are gaps that will leave black mothers exposed and can potentially exacerbate their health risk. In this informative webinar with Joia Crear-Perry, MD, Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, we will explore the health disparities that black women face, unpack the policy gaps and we will frame what birth equity really means. We will look at the structural obstacles and the work being done to challenge the system and make it safe for all of us. We want to move away from fear and step into self-determination. We want people to feel empowered to take action and advocate for themselves and take steps toward a more equitable future.

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Virtual Training · April 13-19, 2020

Mama Glow Doula Homeschool: Level 2

A 6-Day Live Online Doula Education Program with Latham Thomas + Guest Teachers
April 13-19th

The LIVE virtual training program meets week day evenings (except Wednesday) and a few hours on the weekend. Our unique LEVEL 2 format will expand in subject matter and depth upon our foundational LEVEL 1 training, taking a deeper dive into complicated birth and the postnatal experience. The course includes preparation and education for postpartum doula support. In addition to labor and birth support, all doulas who have completed LEVEL 2 will be equipped to support women through the postpartum period. The intensive will be jam packed with content.

As birth activism is central to the pulse of our mission and training, we will continue to weave the thread of advocacy with our distinguished, world-renown and award-winning guest teachers. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.

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Webinar · April 3, 2020 4:00pm ET

Managing Fear, Anxiety & Stress: Mental Health Support and Tools to Navigate the New Normal

In this time of uncertainty and intense stress many of us are finding that we don’t have adequate support tools to process what’s happening around us. With heightened anxiety around COVID-19, breaking news reports, and public health measures constantly changing, its hard to find peace. And if you are working with birth clients or you are expecting a baby in the midst of the chaos, you are likely on edge. Join us for an informative and interactive lecture focused on grounding and providing accessible and actionable stress management tools. Learn how you can access free and/or low cost tele-therapy support to get you through this time. And process the mental anguish and anger so many of us feel right now.

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Webinar · Apr 2, 2020 4:00 PM ET

Pivoting to Action: Patient Advocacy, Preparation & Protecting The Birth Village

This webinar will dive into the realities of the new birth landscape in the USA given the growing COVID-19 crisis. We will discuss actionable tools that doulas can use to help support their birthing clients. We will unpack the consequences of this new policy and what people can do to challenge it. We will also support birthing people with advocacy tools. Whether you’re being confronted with birthing without your doula or birthing alone, we are going to focus on action steps. How do I as a patient ask my doctor questions? How do I as a doula support folks virtually? How do we coach effectively so clients give birth confidently? This is about supporting before, during and after birth and protecting the birth village. We will also explore virtual support and techniques to pivot during this time. This is a webinar for birthing people and folks who provide support as doulas, partners and others who want to help amplify this issue.

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Webinar · Mar 27, 2020 4:00 PM ET

Connecting with your clients & community during COVID-19

The changing work landscape means doulas have to become what they have always been known for- adaptable. Marketing has always been about being human and connecting. Our current health crisis makes it so clear that we need to use our tools to reach people in different ways. Our clients, communities and audiences need us and one-another. What can you do to adapt? We’ll talk with Maxie McCoy, Head of Strategic Programming and Development at The Riveter, and Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow about how to pivot, better connect and serve your niche while the world is adjusts to a new normal.

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