While all mamas are at risk of mental health illness during or following pregnancy, Black women are much more likely than White mothers to suffer from a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD) such as postpartum depression. In fact, close to 40% of Black mothers will suffer from postpartum depression -- a percentage that is more than DOUBLE the rate for the general population. But what leads to the increased rates of PMADs among Black mamas? Unfortunately, the reasons seem to be rooted ...
April 2022 marks the fifth year anniversary of the Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) campaign. Matrescence is proud to shine a light on Black Maternal Health Week and to stand alongside women like Rachel Nicks, founder of Birth Queen, in their efforts to ensure equitable access to healthcare before, during, and after pregnancy. We recently spoke to Rachel about Birth Queen, a non-profit whose mission is to educate, support, and empower Black women, parents and birthing people, enriching the...
Rachel Nicks -- mama, actor, doula, lactation counselor, and founder of Birth Queen -- shares what it means to be a doula, her perspective on empowering mothers on their birth and breastfeeding journeys, and the genesis of her nonprofit organization, Birth Queen. We are honored to have Rachel in our Matrescence community in honor of World Doula Week!
As the Founder and Executive Director of Moms for Moms NYC, Danielle Krupa knows the vitally important roles physical and mental well-being play for new mothers. We spoke with Danielle about how Moms for Moms NYC is helping some of the 90,000 single mothers living in poverty in NYC, and how she prioritizes gratitude in her daily life.
Expectant mama Gabi Torres is a healing artist who focuses on balancing a healthy life and pregnancy. She is passionate about all things wellness, meditation, yoga, and nourishing the soul. We’re shining a light on Gabi and her mindset during her pregnancy as she prepares for the arrival of her baby girl.
Brittainy Taylor literally does it all -- Director of Information Technology for Uncommon James, radio host at Young Country Nashville, former reality TV personality on E!'s Very Cavallari -- and an expecting mama who champions body positivity and self-care every chance she gets. We feel so much self-love after hearing from Brittainy, and you will too!
A mom with her second baby on the way, wife, and entrepreneur, Dreena Whitfield (@dreenawhitpr) is busy to say the least! We had the chance to learn more about Dreena’s pregnancies in terms of self-care and self-love, what she loves about her work, and what she values about her female friendships.