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Empowering Maternal Health: Navigating High-Risk Pregnancy with Ana Rodney of MOMCares S6E94

Empowering Maternal Health: Navigating High-Risk Pregnancy with Ana Rodney of MOMCares

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Welcome to 'The Truth in This Art' podcast, hosted by Rob Lee, engage in this meaningful conversation with Ana Rodney, a seasoned Doula with 15 years of experience, who serves as the Executive Director and Founder of MOMCares in Baltimore City. She is a skilled yoga instructor, energy healer, and wellness practitioner. Ana's dedication to maternal health led her to establish MOMCares, an organization that offers comprehensive prenatal and postpartum doula care, encompassing transportation, advocacy, self-care, and nourishing meals for under-supported mothers with NICU experiences. Ana's impactful work has garnered recognition, including awards and grants such as the Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women Impact Grant. With a background in education and a commitment to addressing maternal health disparities, Ana's contributions extend to her roles as a Perinatal Mental Health Consultant, Board Member, historian for BCIITY Alliance, and Baltimore City Maternal Mortality Review Board Chair.

About MOMCares
MOMCares serves under-supported mothers with NICU experiences in Baltimore City by providing prenatal and postpartum doula care including transportation, advocacy, self-care opportunities, and nutritious meals to mothers and their families. Please consider making a donation to support our work by visiting momcares.org/donate.

In this episode, we uncover:

  • The inspiring work of MOMCares, an organization supporting Black women in Baltimore City through high-risk pregnancies and traumatic births. Hear firsthand accounts of women who have benefited from MOMCares' services, shedding light on the importance of emotional and practical support during challenging times.
  • Uncover how MOMCares tackles maternal health disparities by addressing social determinants through workshops, training, and healing circles. Explore how these holistic approaches create community connections and empower women to navigate their health journeys with resilience.
  • Delve into the significance of empathy in transforming maternal health outcomes. Experts from MOMCares share insights on humanizing the experiences of Black women, highlighting the potential for positive change through compassionate, human-centered care.
  • Join us as we listen to Ana Rodney's personal journey, including her high-risk pregnancy and the loss of her sister, that ignited her advocacy for maternal health equity. Explore how Ana's story intertwines with the mission of MOMCares and her determination to drive meaningful change.
  • Dive into the world of healing arts and their impact on maternal wellness. Learn how practices like Reiki and yoga are integral to MOMCares' approach in supporting expectant and new mothers, promoting emotional and physical well-being during the transformative stages of pregnancy and postpartum.

Don't miss this incredible episode as Ana discusses her organization's mission to support Black women in Baltimore City who are navigating high-risk pregnancies and traumatic birth outcomes. She shares her personal experience of going through a high-risk pregnancy and the challenges she faced within the medical system. Ana explains how MOMCares provides support through workshops, trainings, and healing circles, focusing on the social determinants of health to ensure the safety of both mothers and babies. She emphasizes the need for empathy and humanizing the experiences of Black women in the healthcare system. Ana also highlights the impact of her work and the importance of storytelling and the healing arts in her approach.

This interview is brought to you in part by the support of Innovation Works Baltimore.

Innovation Works Baltimore is an innovative, collaborative resource network that connects neighborhoods, entrepreneurs, social innovation assets, and investors to build sustainable neighborhood economies in Baltimore.

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

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Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Ana Rodney
Ana Rodney
Ana Rodney, a seasoned Doula with 15 years of experience, who serves as the Executive Director and Founder of MOMCares in Baltimore City.


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