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Our Events

2024 Calendar of Events

July 2024

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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Bay Area Neighborhood Cookout
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • LH Maternal Health Series: Ask the Midwife: Hypertension and Pregnancy
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Bay Area Neighborhood Council
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Virtual Kitchen Table: History of Black Midwifery
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Bay Area Neighborhood Council
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference
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  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July 22, 2024
  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024  

July 23, 2024
  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024  

  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference

    July 23, 2024 - July 28, 2024  
    San Francisco, CA, USA

July 24, 2024
  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024  

  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference

    July 23, 2024 - July 28, 2024  
    San Francisco, CA, USA

July 25, 2024
  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024  

  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference

    July 23, 2024 - July 28, 2024  
    San Francisco, CA, USA

July 26, 2024
  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024  

  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference

    July 23, 2024 - July 28, 2024  
    San Francisco, CA, USA

July 27, 2024
  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024  

  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference

    July 23, 2024 - July 28, 2024  
    San Francisco, CA, USA

July 28, 2024
  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024  

  • National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference

    July 23, 2024 - July 28, 2024  
    San Francisco, CA, USA

July 29, 2024
  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024  

July 30, 2024
  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024  

July 31, 2024
  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    July 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024  

August 1, 2024
  • National Breastfeeding Month

    August 1, 2024

August 17, 2024
  • Bay Area Neighborhood Council

    August 17, 2024  11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    437 Bay St, Springfield, MA 01109, USA

    This program is a collaborative effort between University of Massachusetts' Associate Professor Dr. Lucinda Canty-certified nurse/midwife and the Bay Area Neighborhood Council.

    The maternal health program is for pregnant women and new moms. The program consists of community events and educational classes that focus on pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

    We provide support and health education throughout pregnancy to one year postpartum. Join us as we build community and celebrate the journey to motherhood.

    If you would like more information or to register for classes, use the below.

    https://forms.gle/Qc8aLqEenLtnQyZ4A

    This program is made possible with a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield's Massachusetts Foundation.

August 21, 2024
  • Virtual Kitchen Table: Black Breastfeeding

    August 21, 2024  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Focus: Black breastfeeding. We will hear from those who had positive breastfeeding experiences and those who had challenges. Why people believe that breastfeeding is challenging in the Black community and what is being done to address breastfeeding in communities of color.

    To register: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0udeqtqjopH9e0g3phLe575SISP4IGohhY

Future Events

Bay Area Neighborhood Maternal Health Project

June 19, 2024 - 11 am to 12:30 pm, Dr. Canty will be conducting health education classes for pregnant/new moms at the Bay Area Neighborhood Center, 437 Bay St, Springfield, MA. The groups will discuss the following: prenatal care, nutrition, exercise, pregnancy and postpartum complications, childbirth including cesarean birth, postpartum care, mental health and wellness during pregnancy/postpartum, newborn care, and breastfeeding. If you are interested in participating in the groups or would like more information visit https://lucindashouse.org/events/. Register at here  .

This maternal health project was made possible with a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. This project is a collaboration between UMass Amherst Elaine Marieb College of Nursing and the Bay Area Neighborhood Council (BANC). This project will address racial disparities in maternal health by bringing health education and resources to women of color who are pregnant and new mothers in the Bay Area.

Maternal Health Program at the Windsor Public Library - Summer 2024

Lucinda's House at the Windsor Public Library

The purpose of this program is to provide health education to inform the Windsor community about the maternal health. To learn about what is being done to improve pregnancy health outcomes and what we can all do to support pregnant families. I donated books that promote maternal health equity and guidance to families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Books also for those who want to learn more about maternal health.

The maternal health program will provide health education to those who are pregnant, thinking about pregnancy or want to support improving maternal health. I donated books to the library to promote maternal health equity. Midwifery-led health seminars will take place at the Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad St, Windsor CT. Light refreshments served. Seating is limited. For more information visit our event’s page

The following seminars will be offered at the Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad St, Windsor CT, Meeting room 1.

  • June 12th 5 - 6:30 pm: Understanding the Maternal Health

    This midwifery-led discussion focuses on maternal health, what it means for birthing families, understanding the maternal health disparities, and what we can do as a community to address it. Register here

    June 26th 5 - 6:30 pm: History of midwives in the Black community

    This midwifery-led discussion focuses on the history of traditional Black midwives and their influence on birth in the Black community and the relevancy of this today. Join if you want to become a midwife, want a midwife, or just want to learn about midwives. Register here.

    July 11th 5 - 6:30 pm: Ask the Midwife: Hypertension and Pregnancy.

    This midwifery-led discussion will discuss hypertension (high blood pressure) and pregnancy conditions (preeclampsia and eclampsia). Learn how your blood pressure changes during pregnancy and what you can do to protect your health and wellbeing. Register here.

Lucinda's House will also have a display at the library the month of August to promote maternal health.

Support program for pregnant and new moms at the Wilson Library

A midwifery-led health education and support group for pregnant and new moms will be starting Wednesdays in August at the Wilson Branch,

365 Windsor Ave, Windsor. Groups will Wednesdays at 10:30 am: August 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.  For more information visit https://lucindashouse.org/events/ or the Wilson Branch Library

 

Maternal Health groups at the Windsor Public Library – Coming Fall 2024

Midwifery-led group on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 PM starting on Wednesday, September 18. Whether you're expecting, trying to conceive, or just wanting to support the pregnant people in your life these informative and relaxed sessions will help you feel equipped during this precious season of life. Registration appreciated, walk ins welcome!

Virtual Kitchen Tables

 

*Every 3rd Wednesdays 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Except June 19th, moved to Thursday June 20th)

DateTopic
June 20, 2024History of Midwifery and Birth in the Black Community Register here
July 17, 2024Postpartum Mood Disorders Register here
August 21, 2024Black Breastfeeding Register here
September 18, 2024Midlife: Perimenopause & Menopause Register here
October 16, 2024Pregnancy Loss Register here
November 20, 2024Reproductive Health Wellness Register here
December 18, 2024Women & HIV Register here

Community Baby Showers

Hartford Community Baby Shower August 24, 2024

We are planning for a Community Baby Shower in August. More information coming soon. If you would like to sponsor, volunteer, or participate contact us at info@lucindashouse.org

New Britain Community Baby Shower 2025

April 5, 2025, 11 am - 2 pm at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). This is a collaboration between Lucinda's House, Central Connecticut State University Nursing, & Wheeler Health.

Event Address:  Central Connecticut State University, Alumni Hall - Student Union, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT, 06050. Any questions, would like to sponsor, volunteer or participate: contact us at info@lucindashouse.org

Community Conversations

The purpose of these conversations is exploring Black women’s views of factors that may impact hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The experiences and beliefs of Black women will be captured through storytelling events called Community Conversations. The purpose is to learn more about the experience of Black women and hypertension to develop community health education programs.

For more information or if you are interested in hosting a community conversation at your organization contact info@lucindashouse.org.

 

Perinatal Loss Program

The Perinatal Loss Program provides health education and support to women who experience perinatal loss. The purpose of this program is to provide space for women to discuss what they need to heal physically and mentally and what they need from healthcare providers to maintain to those who experience loss to discuss what is important conversations is exploring Black women’s views of factors that may impact hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. We plan to implement a perinatal loss support group. This support group uses creative forms of expression to promote healing and support through the grieving process. More details to follow. If interested email

 

Lucinda's House Art and Poetry Event for Black Maternal Health Week 2022 Semilla Cafe + Studio

NPR: Addressing dire racial disparities in reproductive health care

Dr. Lucinda Canty was interviewed for NPR's Where We Live to talk about the dire racial disparities in reproductie health care amongst blank women.

Inside Out/Outside In Podcast

Lucinda's House Kitchen Table was featured on the Inside Out/Outside In Podcast hosted by Dr. Christiana Best-Giacomini

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Community Baby Showers

Lucinda's House collaborates with local doulas, lactation consultants, and community organizations to host Community Baby Showers throughout Connecticut to celebrate pregnant women of color. We had Community Baby Showers in Waterbury, Bridgeport, New London, New Haven and Hartford. We plan to have several in 2023.

Photo from our Hartford Baby Shower on November 19, 2023 at Phillips Metropolitan C.M.E. Church's Health Center at 2550 Main Street Hartford, CT 06120.

New Haven Community Baby Shower Oct 28, 2023

The New Haven planning team (left to right: Jessica Westbrook of The Lotus Doula Group, Aaliyah Harris of Lucinda’s House, Lucinda Canty, and Shamika Frasier of New Birth Journey.

We had our 2nd Annual New Haven Baby Shower on October 28th. It was amazing. We received a generous donation from Delta Foundation of Greater New Haven. 

Thank you to the following vendors: Shannon Knox of Holistic Wellness Consultant, T'ona M. Sotomayor of Heartbeats + Bare Feet: Womban Wellness, Taylor Smith of Nourish Our Seeds, Fair Haven Community Health Center, Robin Miller Goodwin of Elm City Communities-Housing Authority of New Haven, Heather Harris of Grace Healthcare, Amber Stevenson of Perinatal Mental Health, Jarrell Goforth of Restored Mobile Massage, Read to Grow, New Haven Healthy Start and Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). YNHH came with several items they raffled off. Seeing how the families interacted with the vendors it was heartwarming to see. 

 

We cannot do what we do without volunteers! Special thanks to the volunteers: Meral Komina, Nala, Marla Bell-Lovett, Monique Bailey, Reine Boyer, Huguette Alexander, Lyndsay Cromwell, Mischa Hadaway, Ashley Mayo, Brielle Quarles, Kaydian Reid, Heather Reynolds, Lakeisa Rivera, Shontae Ritter Brookshire, Destiny Warner, Natasha Warner, and Tiffany Wilson.  

The Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table is where we meet to have honest conversations about health care issues that are important to us.

Support, Educate, Provide guidance, Talk about challenges Develop solutions

The Kitchen Table is a concept created by Lucinda where women are invited to share their experiences, wisdom and knowledge. We are going to talk unfiltered about the issues. We will educate and support each other in this space. We will discuss issues that we do not often talk about in our community. Not only are we going to expose structures that cause us harm, but we will show our strength and resilience. Then we are going to identify solutions based on what we feel we need.

If there is a topic you want discussed on the Kitchen Table, please let us know.

If you would like to host a Kitchen Table in your community, please let us know.

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Register for the next Kitchen Table discussion