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Our Events

2024 Calendar of Events

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  • International Day of the Midwife
  • Taking care of ourselves: a holistic maternal health program.
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  • National Nurses Week
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  • National Nurses Week
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  • National Nurses Week
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Nothing from May 18, 2024 to June 18, 2024.

Future Events

Taking care of ourselves: a holistic maternal health program.

A health and wellness program that focuses on preconceptioncare, pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. The program provides healtheducation that focuses on health promotion and prevention. We meet on the 1stand 3rd Sundays of the month at 3 pm to 5 pm. To register: https://www.thecollective-space.com/event-details/a-holistic-maternal-program-breastfeeding-support-class-2024-01-07-15-00

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. Community conversations will happen in Windsor, New Haven, Springfield, and Amherst. The first community conversation will be January 9th in New Haven and January 14th in Windsor.

For more information contact Lucinda at lcanty@umass.edu

Virtual Kitchen Tables

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January 17thBirth Control Options
February 21thPregnancy & Women over 40
March 20thMental Health & Wellness
April 17thBlack Maternal Health
May 15thMidwifery
June 20th*Sexually Transmitted Infections & Cervical Health
July 17thPostpartum Mood Disorders
August 21stBlack Breastfeeding
September 18thMidlife: Perimenopause & Menopause
October 16thPregnancy Loss
November 20thReproductive Health Wellness
December 18thWomen & HIV

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

To register for January 17th Birth control: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ufu-hqjgjG9H9qdXj8N9qohZa8obZH66v

Bay Area Neighborhood Maternal Health Project

Starting February 2024, Dr. Canty will be conducting health education/support groups for pregnant/new moms twice a month at the Bay Area Neighborhood Center, 443 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. The groups will focus on the women’s health and education needs of the women.  If you are interested in participating in the groups or would like more information email info@lucindashouse.org. Further details coming soon.

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.

Community Baby Showers

Community Baby Showers 2024:

New Britain Community Baby Shower

March 9, 2024, 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

Hartford  June 2024 (exact date to be announced soon)

 

If you would like to collaborate with Lucinda's House for a community baby shower. Please contact us at info@lucindashouse.org

 

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