Parenting While Black Webinar Series

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child of color?  Are you interested in learning from and Black parents/caregivers? Then this conversation is for you!

This free webinar series offered honest conversations for Black parents and between Black parents. We provided a welcoming space for sharing strengths-based and culturally responsive ideas.  The series covered issues important to raising Black children and families, including but not limited to:

  • The collective experience of Black parenting, while recognizing the “differences”
  • Raising resilient and culturally strong Black children
  • Mental health during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond (i.e., depression, anxiety, grief, anger)
  • Navigating pregnancy, fertility, and birth options
  • Health inequities for Black families
  • Developmental process and disabilities across the early years
  • Strategies for building and maintaining resilience in Black children and families

During each session, participants were invited to reflect and share their experiences as Black families.

Each webinar was 1-hour long and was moderated by Eurnestine Brown, Ph.D., Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. 

 

Webinar 1: Let’s Talk About It: How Are “We” Doing?
Monday, February 15, 2021, 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

In this conversation, we explored the collective experience of parenting while Black and talked about the beauty of raising Black and Brown children. We discussed the costs of the current racial climate and pandemic on the social, emotional, and educational well-being of our children, families, and communities. Our conversation highlighted the strengths and resilience within the Black family and community in raising our children.

Featuring:

  • Dr. Eurnestine Brown, Mom and Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Latoya Matthews, Mom, IEP Parent Advocate, and founder of Rainbow Motherhood, a popular Facebook community
  • Dar’Ron Anderson, MSW, Father, Father Engagement Specialist, and author of Daddy’s Green Book
  • Dr. Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan, Mom and Grandmother, Past President of the Seattle Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute, and author of Cultivating the Genius of Black Children

 

Webinar 2: Black Mental Health Matters:  Health, Hope, and Healing
Monday, March 1, 2021, 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

Let’s shine more light on the topic of mental health and mindfulness in our Black families. This conversation discussed the importance of mindfulness and self-care when experiencing ongoing racism, microaggressions, stress, and health and economic inequities, and the importance of listening to your inner voice. We explored strategies and concrete steps for how we can advocate for our children and each other as parents and caregivers.

Featuring:

  • Dr. Eurnestine Brown, Mom and Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Dr. Ron Ferguson, Father, Economist, Education Researcher, Founder of The Basics, and co-author of The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children
  • Dr. Lee Johnson III, Senior Policy Analyst, Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health, at ZERO  TO THREE; Policy Fellow at the National Black Child Development Institute
  • Dr. Kimya Barden, Mother, Mindfulness Coach, Social Worker, and Associate Professor of Urban Community Studies at Northeastern Illinois University

 

Webinar 3: Becoming a Family, Part I
Monday, March 15, 2021, 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

How are we navigating pregnancy, fertility, and available birth options for ourselves as Black expectant families? During this conversation, we talked about fertility, pregnancy, the birth process, and options for expectant families. Tips on embracing our emotions and changing nutritional needs, including the unspoken presence of eating disorders in our communities, were presented. Participants learned about strategies and concrete steps they can take to advocate for themselves before, during, and after pregnancy and birth.

Featuring:

  • Dr. Eurnestine Brown, Mom and Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Mark Bryant, Father and Permanent Support Specialist at Right Turn in Omaha, Neb.
  • Dr. Didi Saint-Louis, Mother; Obstetrician/Gynecologist; CEO of Healthy Mommy, Happy Baby; Associate Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine

 

Webinar 4: Becoming a Family, Part II: Birthing While Black – The Imagined versus the Real
Monday, March 29, 2021, 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

When we become a family, we value all voices in all family structures. In this conversation, we discussed our unique experiences as Black families, including maternal, paternal, and infant nutrition/breastfeeding and health inequities; loss; and grief. How do you adjust and blend two unique parenting styles to create your own? We discussed strategies and concrete steps you can take to advocate for yourself and your family when you are feeling most vulnerable.

Featuring:

  • Dr. Eurnestine Brown, Mom and Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Dr. Charles C. Daniels, Father and Co-founder/Chief Executive Officer of Fathers’ Uplift, Inc.
  • Patience Riley, Mother, Therapist, Speaker, and Writer behind WHOA MAMA

 

Webinar 5: No Instructions: Development Across the Early Years – The Imagined versus the Real
Monday, April 12, 2021, 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

Once your baby is born, what’s next? In this conversation, we talked about the imagined versus the real stories of infancy and toddlerhood. We discussed the developmental process and considered these questions: How do we embrace children’s behavior in the context of culture? How do we navigate early intervention services and individualized education plans, especially around potential familial and cultural perceptions of developmental disabilities? Participants learned strategies and concrete steps they can take to advocate for their child in different settings and within their family.

Featuring:

  • Dr. Eurnestine Brown, Mom and Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett, Mother, Pediatrician, Social Epidemiologist and Founding Director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network; Associate Professor at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine
  • Jamal Berry, Father, Vice President of Programs at Educare of Washington, DC; President, DC Head Start Association

 

Webinar 6: Embracing the Brilliance and Resilience in Black Families
Monday, April 26, 2021, 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

During this conversation, we highlighted the brilliance and resilience of Black children and families. We discussed strategies Black families have utilized to protect and raise up their children. Panelists and participants shared their hopes and dreams for our families, communities, and future generations.

  • Dr. Eurnestine Brown, Mom and Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Dr. George Bugg, Father, Chief of Neonatology Service at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, and Founding Member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
  • Dr. Kerry-Anne Escagy, Othermother, Black Feminist Scholar, Social Theorist, Writer, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Lisa Wilson, Director of Equity and Outreach at ZERO TO THREE; Co-founder of the Coalition on Anti-Racism Education
  • Wesley Bugg, JD, Son/Brother, Deputy Director of Court Vision International Inc.; COO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) and Director of Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE)

Questions? Contact Eurnestine Brown at eurnestine.brown@childrens.harvard.edu 

 

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