Session Descriptions

Session Descriptions

“Go Live with BMBFA Celebrity Ambassador, Ms. Black USA”

Pre-conference: Chanda Branch

Join Ms. Black USA live as she shares her story of the complexities of motherhood. As a working mother, she knows the difficulties breastfeeding women face as they juggle different roles and expectations. Tune in for an engaging discussion and celebration of black motherhood.


“Bedsharing and Breastfeeding”

Keynote: Dr. Michal Young, MD

Monday, June 8th, 2020, 12pm-1pm EST

Dr. Michal Young will provide a historical review of bedsharing. Using research and data collection, the clinician will provide the recommendation for breastfeeding and bedsharing. There will be discussion on how and why bedsharing could facilitate breastfeeding. Recommendations will be given for safe infant sleep.


“Destigmatizing Care for Marginalized Families”

Panelists: Shon Hart, Elon Geffrard and Marketia White

Monday, June 8th, 2020, 1:15pm-2:45pm EST

Enjoy a robust panel of presentations steeped in rich solutions to improve maternal child health for marginalized communities. Shon Hart discusses how positive father involvement is a key contributor to the health and well-being of a child.  Elon Geffrard describes the impact that a doula has when serving incarcerated pregnant persons by providing support during their labor and birth experience. Marketia White explains how to help teen mothers access the resources needed to ensure self-efficiency in their motherhood and personal endeavors.


“Peer-to-Peer Milk Sharing in a Pandemic: A Community-based Response to Food Insecurity”

Feature: Tameka Jackson-Dyer, IBCLC

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, 1:15pm-2:15pm EST

A presentation designed from the collective work of the Southeast Michigan IBCLC’s of Color and presented by co-founder Tameka Jackson-Dyer. Learn the history of milk sharing and its modern implications for black women and babies. Receive steps for home pasteurization of human milk and ways to safely milk share during the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Transforming the Spirit of Care: Detroit’s First Freestanding Birth Center” 

Feature: Leseliey Welch, MPH, MBA

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, 2:30pm-3:30pm EST

Birth Detroit co-founder Leseliey Welch describes opportunities, challenges and strategies necessary to envision and nurture a culture of birth that honors black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) birthing and breastfeeding bodies. Founders will explain the mission, values and vision of Detroit’s first freestanding birth center. Find out more about the strategies and challenges of building the birth center.


“Battling Bias: Community-Centered, Digital Innovations for Equitable Care”

Feature: Kimberly Seals Allers

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, 12pm-1pm EST

This presentation will highlight the Irth project and its community participatory research and reproductive justice framework as critical elements in developing community solutions to directly take on improving maternal/child health. It will create a much-needed blueprint for centering community and not just medical research and institutions in addressing the black maternal health crises.


“The Power of Coalitions”

Masterclass: Nikia Sankofa, MPH, MPA

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, 1:15pm-2:15pm EST

Learn about the work of the US Breastfeeding Committee and what they do to support breastfeeding families. Nikia Sankofa will share the efficacy and power of coalitions to advance an advocacy agenda that leads to equitable care for black families.


“Using Direct Service, Training & Advocacy to Optimize the First Food Experience”

Workshop: Kiddada Green, MAT

Thursday, June 11th, 2020, 12pm-1pm EST

Get ready for an engaging virtual experience.  Kiddada Green gives you tangible skills and useful tools for supporting black breastfeeding families.  Advance your niche skillset with these tried and proven tips, pointers and recommendations for creating and implementing effective programs.


“The Life of a Community-based Doula”

Panelists: Ashli Burney and Robena Hill

Thursday, June 11th, 2020, 1:15pm-2:15pm EST

Have you ever wondered what life is like for a home-visiting community-based doula?  Learn  how Ashli Burney and Robena Hill navigate through barriers to provide doula support to Detroit mamas.  Also, see how they have transitioned from in-person visits to telehealth as a result of COVID-19.


“Advancing Power and Precedent for Black Motherhood and Breastfeeding: Building Social Eco-Systems as a Strategy”

Keynote: Dr. Angela Johnson, PhD

Friday, June 12th, 2020, 12pm-1pm EST

Dr. Angela Johnson will review current research that examines the state of black breastfeeding and motherhood. She will describe a conceptual framework as an evidence-based model for strengthening black reproductive health and social outcomes.


“The Path to Birth & Breastfeeding Justice: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Special Guest: State Senator Erika Geiss

Friday, June 12th, 2020, 1:15pm-1:45pm EST

Senator Erika Geiss will identify ways to mobilize families, communities, and public/private institutions to create strategies, make decisions and implement action steps that lead to equitable breastfeeding support for black families.