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Postpartum: Perspectives on nurturing families during the ‘fourth trimester’
Join the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism for an evening of film and conversation about how we can better support families during the postpartum period. This event is free to the public, but you must register in advance.

Filmmaker and third-year medical student Ade Osinubi will screen her short film “Partum,” which is part of her documentary project called “Black Motherhood Through the Lens.”

Following the screening, we’ll chat with Osinubi about what she learned while making the film. Afterward, we’ll hear from Wisconsin-based birth workers about how new parents are faring amid COVID-19, police violence and a prolonged period of isolation, grief, anxiety and fear. Panelists will include: BOMB doula program manager and midwife-in-training Nicole Miles, Maroon Calabash executive director and co-founder Lyanne Jordan, licensed certified professional midwife Sasha Bariffe, doula and Indigenous student midwife Hope Mayotte, and Cheri Nemec, program director for the Native Breastfeeding Coalition of Wisconsin.

Dr. Kajua B. Lor, an associate professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, will also talk about her experiences as a parent and Hmong American. Dr. Lor will also share what she hopes to do with her forthcoming research findings from a survey about the perceptions of traditional postpartum practices among Hmong women in the U.S.

Lastly, we will discuss why midwifery support during the postpartum period is unique and touch on barriers to home birth in Wisconsin.

This event is part of independent journalist Ashley Nguyen’s work as a 2020-2021 O’Brien fellow at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communications. Marquette graduate student Rachel Ryan and graduating senior Sarah Lipo helped her report a series on the state of doula care for The Lily. For the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the reporting team also wrote about how the pandemic affected organizations that support reproductive health and parenting in Wisconsin.

May 17, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Read some of our reporting:

The state of doula care, published in The Lily