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Thu, Apr 18


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Black Mama Magic: The Justice and Joy in the Black Maternal Health Journey (Pt. 1)

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Black Mama Magic: The Justice and Joy in the Black Maternal Health Journey (Pt. 1)
Black Mama Magic: The Justice and Joy in the Black Maternal Health Journey (Pt. 1)

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Apr 18, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

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About the event

Third Thursday Webinar Series: Professional Development Aligned with IECMH Endorsement Competencies


In today’s healthcare system, there exists a devastating reality: the unique hardships experienced by Black mothers. Across nations, communities, and socioeconomic sectors, Black Maternal Health has been impacted by racism in our healthcare system. Please join SCIMHA as we highlight these gaps, discuss options to decrease them, and learn about local and national advocacy efforts. During our time together, we will view the perspectives from the documentary “Black Motherhood Through the Lens,” and hear the personal challenges and triumphs experienced by Mother Barbara Jenkins and Infant Mental Health Professional, Queen-Ella Pringle.


  1. To raise awareness of issues impacting Black Maternal Health and Mortality and to highlight the disparities faced by Black women in terms of birthing options, medical care and treatment.
  2. To learn about strategies to decrease disparities in Black Maternal Health and ways to advocate for better birthing options for Black women.


Queen-Ella Pringle, M.A, MFT, CFLE (Moderator)

Queen-Ella Pringle, MA, MFT, CFLE is a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, counselor, and advocate. Queen-Ella is a Native New Yorker by way of her family home state of South Carolina. As an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (IECMHC) through the PEAR Network for South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association (SCIMHA) , Queen-Ella provides mental health consultation, training, and resources for childcare and education programs to enhance social, emotional, and relational health of young children. Queen is a US Air Force Veteran and has supported military families as a birth doula and as a certified lactation consultant. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Family Life Educator, and Family Trauma Professional. Queen-Ella is the mother of two children.

Mrs. Barbara Jenkins (aka Mother Barbara)

Mrs. Barbara Jenkins, affectionally known as “Mother Barbara” has been married to her wonderful husband Joseph for almost 52 years. Mother Barbara and Joseph are the proud parents of two biological adult children and several bonus children. Mother Barbara loves helping people, and has a passion for children, young women, and the elderly that allows her to share wisdom, skills and love in many areas. Mother Barbara mentors young women; some are now grandmothers. She is a group leader at a local Nursing/Rehabilitation Center and provides religious services twice a month. Mother Barbara is very involved in the Proverbs 226 Prison Ministry focusing on children of incarcerated parents. Each morning she hosts a Prayer Ministry for the community from 6-7am.

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