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Mama Glow Webinar - Reclaiming our Birthing Traditions

About this event

As we close out the year we are grounding in the healing power of embracing our traditions. Now is such an important time to lift up our care traditions surrounding the reproductive continuum particularly as we collectively navigate a post-Roe landscape. We will explore how our ancestral pathways including: the midwifery model of care, mindfulness practices, grounding dance and movement, spirituality, healing arts, community support, and personal autonomy shape our birthing and postpartum experiences.

We will hear from the following panelists:

  • Kanika Harris, PhD, MPH - Director of Maternal and Child Health, Black Women’s Health Imperative
  • Ebony Marcelle, CNM, MS, FACNM - Director of Midwifery, Family Health and Birth Center
  • Maya Louisa - Dance Artist, EmbodyBirth Educator, Founder of Kolé Jewel
  • Latham Thomas - Founder, Mama Glow & Co-Founder of Mama Glow Foundation

We will Explore:

  • How the midwifery model of care can support your reproductive health journey
  • How dance and movement can help you connect deeper with your body and baby
  • The importance of feeling safety and dignity along the care continuum
  • Advocacy tools can help you navigate your perinatal experience
  • How to center joy and make space for an empowered birth


This conversation is presented by Carol's Daughter

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    Mama Glow Mama Glow

    Mama Glow is a global maternal health platform serving birthing people along the childbearing continuum. Through doula training programs Mama Glow is cultivating the next generation of birth workers.

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    Ebony Marcelle, DNP, CNM, FACNM Director of Midwifery @ Family Health and Birth Center

    Ebony Marcelle is the Director of Midwifery at Community of Hope that includes Family Health and Birth Center. Formerly the Administrative Chief of Midwifery Service at Medstar Washington Hospital Center she completed her nursing education at Georgetown University and Midwifery at Jefferson University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Frontier University. In 2019 she was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Nurse Midwives. In 2018, she completed Duke University and Johnson & Johnson Nursing Leadership Fellowship. She is adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and currently guest faculty at IHI (Institute of Health Improvement) focused on rebuilding systems to address racism and health equity. Her advocacy work has included multiple congressional briefings creating awareness around the need for policy changes to reduce maternity care disparities. Mrs Marcelle is known for her passion in midwifery and midwifery’s role in reproductive justice.

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    Kanika Harris, PhD, MPH Director of Maternal and Child Health @ The Black Women's Health Imperative

    Dr. Harris serves as the Director of Maternal and Child Health for the Black Women’s Health Imperative. She is a behavioral health scientist with a special focus on health equity, maternal health, and women’s health. She is a mother of three, a near-miss survivor, a doula, and a birth justice advocate. She also serves as the maternal health equity advisor for the state of Maryland and the public health expert for the District of Columbia Mayor’s Commission on Lactation. She received her master’s degree in public health and international development from Morehouse School of Medicine and her doctorate in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan.

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    Maya Louisa Dancer & Founder @ Kolé Jewel

    Maya Louisa is the creator of Sensual Stretch and founder and designer of Kolé Jewel® waist beads. Maya is an initiated priestess of Òsun for 16 years, and keeper of the divine feminine flame. As an artist Maya incorporates ancient healing technique to both her jewelry and dance. She is a certified yoga instructor and has a degree in Dance from Howard University. She has also studied with the legendary Katherine Dunham who inspired her to travel the world performing as a soloist with various Afro-Cuban dance companies. She studies and teaches North African Belly Dance and is an EmbodyBirthTM educator, teaching the ancient movements of Bellydance as pathway to awaken and unlock ancestral womb wisdom.

Mama Glow

Where doulas and families learn, grow, and connect.

Mama Glow is a global maternal health platform serving birthing people along the childbearing continuum. Through doula training programs Mama Glow is cultivating the next generation of birth workers.