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Midwives and Doulas: Advocating for Birth Equity

Tassia Drame, MPH

Speaker(s) Bio
Tassia C. Drame, MPH (she/her) is a labor doula and public health professional. She earned her Master of Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University where she studied Global Environmental Health and received a Certificate in Maternal and Child Health.

She is a former CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow with the Louisiana Department of Health. She was jointly appointed with the Infectious Disease Epidemiology segment and Bureau of Family Health. Her priority areas included COVID-19 in Maternal and Child Health populations, along with MCH Emergency Preparedness Response. She has also led impactful work through public health consulting.

Tassia has years of experience working with underserved communities including postpartum women in rural Georgia, individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and children disproportionately exposed to toxins.

Additionally, Tassia is the founder of être birth & wellness care where they specialize in labor doula services. Her goal is to provide support to birthing women and their families with an emphasis in health and service.

When Tassia is not doing public health consulting or birth work, she takes scenic walks with her husband and 3-year-old son and cooks traditional Senegalese cuisine.

Kanwal Haq, MS

Speaker(s) Bio
Kanwal Haq, MS is the Program Manager for the NYC Partnership, leading strategy and programming efforts to improve care, research, and education. Last year, the NYC Partnership piloted the HoPE program, which provides full-spectrum, community-based doula care, free-of charge to any birthing person at Elmhurst Hospital and Queens Hospital, and this year is adapting the program to better serve community members experiencing housing insecurity/ homelessness and/or justice-involvement/ incarceration. Kanwal is a medical anthropologist focused on women's health and education, across the lifespan. She is especially passionate about women’s health literacy which led her to co-author her first book "Taking Care of You: The Empowered Woman's Guide to Better Health." (Mayo Clinic Press 2022, learn more at Kanwal is originally from Poplar Bluff, Missouri and her rural roots cultivated her desire to make health education and health care accessible for everyone.

Pia Alexander, LMFT

Speaker(s) Bio
Pia Alexander, LMFT is a NYS Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Associate Clinical Director at North Brooklyn Marriage & Family Therapy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She has presented at numerous academic and professional conferences including Critical Race Studies in Education (CRSEA) at the University of Southern California, The Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, and the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Pia has worked as an adjunct instructor at Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn, Hofstra University, and Syracuse University in their respective Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) programs. She was recently hired as full-time Core Faculty in the Couple & Family Therapy Program at Antioch University New England, where she serves as the Faculty Co-Chair of the university's Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF). Pia was a distinguished SAMHSA Minority Fellowship (MFP) recipient from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and she is currently serving as a mentor for the fourth year in the fellowship. Prior to becoming a therapist, Pia started her professional career with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Metropolitan Studies from New York University, leading to a successful career in New York and Los Angeles as an executive producer in television for over a decade prior to becoming a therapist and researcher. Her passion for helping families in her community to thrive and to build closer bonds with each other inspired her career change in 2008.

Pia is originally from Southeast Queens, NY, and is deeply involved in community work throughout New York City and Long Island, NY as a community-wellness educator and clinical justice advocate. Pia provided volunteer support as a licensed mental health professional for New York State during the COVID 19 pandemic, by facilitating support groups for both NYC residents and essential workers as a volunteer facilitator in New York’s pilot Coping Circles program. Pia is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and the Links Incorporated, where she serves as a member of the Eastern Area Wellness, Mind, Body & Spirit Committee and was a 2020-2022 Scott Hawkins Leadership Fellow. Pia also holds a leadership role in the Women’s Diversity Network (WDN) in Long Island and serves as a committee chair for the Health Equity Task Force. Her work as a task force chair led to her recent appointment to the New York State Legislature’s Suffolk County Maternal Mortality & Morbidity Task Force where she is serving for a second year. She is a mother, an activist-scholar and mentor who is dedicated to supporting others in their personal and professional journeys!

Course Description

In part 2 of this 3-part series, learn how midwives and doulas work together to aid in birth and prenatal care. Midwives provide holistic care, and their scope of practice includes primary, sexual, and reproductive care with a special focus on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic, and reproductive health. Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to birthing people before, during, and during the postpartum period. Together, doulas and midwives are fighting to create spaces for birthing people to ensure equitable and safe experiences.
Join us as we host a panel discussion for midwives and doulas to discuss their different scopes of practice and how they work together as a birth team