Just when we thought we may be nearing a loosening up of the quarantine, we witnessed again, the death of a black man at the hands of police. I’m sure like me, your current emotions are changing like the ups and downs of a roller coaster ride. One minute you may think this isn’t so bad, we’re going to be alright, and the next minute a wave of fear may hit you as you wonder what the future may bring.
Photo credit: Facebook Image of Autumnn Gaines. Photo taken by her wife, Jania Gaines.
I came across this picture yesterday and my heart dropped. As always, the BRC is holding our community in our hearts. We know that motherhood is a struggle for many, especially our women of color. Systemic racism affects every aspect of life, from housing to criminal justice to education to employment and to healthcare.
Breastfeeding or providing your milk is the first step towards good health. We try to do our part and support all families. Just two days ago we received a donation from a client with this quote. “We did it 1 year! THANK YOU!!! Also, thank you for supporting all racial communities!!!” We hope that we have never made someone feel unwelcome and I hope some of our programs are taking small steps toward health disparities for women of color.
A few months ago, the BRC started a monthly free support group for women of color. This group is intended to provide space for our WOC community to share their thoughts and experiences on a variety of nursing topics, including cultural disparities related to nursing, stigma associated with nursing in the communities of color, creating a nursing support network, maternal health and more. If you haven’t joined us yet, we’d love to have you at this free monthly group, led by some of our BRC Community Counselors.
The IBCLC profession as a whole is lacking in women of color. We’ve developed a scholarship for our internship program to reduce barriers.
*If there are any other programs you’d like us to develop, we’re always open to ideas.*