Addressing Maternal Health Inequities During Civic Unrest and the Pandemic

Posted on July 23, 2020

This town hall was held to address the ways that systemic racism has impacted maternal health and what that has meant for many mothers of color over time and during the Covid-19 pandemic. The interactive discussion was hosted by Advocates for Children of New Jersey and Melinated Moms and was led by expecting mothers, physical and mental health professionals, and maternal health advocates. Watching this will shed light on systemic racism's impact on health equity, New Jersey’s initiatives to combat that and what expecting/new mothers can do to be their own health advocates during this time.



Moderator: Jaye Wilson- Founder/CEO of Melinated Moms, Community Health Nurse, Mental Health Advocate, Mom of 2


  • Abby Cher- Owner/Founder of BeYourDecor, Expecting Mom
  • Chena Davis- Full Spectrum Doula, Butta’s Holistic Doula Services, Expecting Mom
  • Nadia Hussian-Maternal Justice Campaign Director with Moms Rising, Board Trustee for American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, Co-Founder of Bangladeshi American Women’s Development Initiative, Mom of 2
  • Dr. Yutende Orafidiya- Inpatient Pediatrician, American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow, Advocate for Maternal/Newborn Healthcare Disparities, Mother
  • Ashley Watson- Community Health Worker at Central Jersey Family Health Consortium


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