May 23, 2022
Napcast Ep34 - Supporting the Black Birthing Experience
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America is failing Black birthing people. And so, when we talk about Reproductive Justice we need to include not just the right to bodily autonomy, but also the systems needed so that this person's health is centered throughout their birthing journey. Joined by Stephaine Courtney M.Ed (she/her), the Executive Director of The Learning Project Network (, Nick and Mike discuss what culturally sustaining mental, family, and reproductive support looks like, the role Early Childhood Education can play in Postpartum depression, and what does intergenerational healing look like for birthing folxs. 

About the co-host

Since meeting over 5 years ago at Hilltop Children's Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Coast Salish Territory), Nick Terrones (he/him) and Mike Browne (he/him) have been working towards a critical reimagination of ECE spaces for BIPOC educators and youth. In 2020, they teamed up to deliver a podcast titled Napcast, where they explore the intersection of early childhood education with race, identity, and culture. Now in new roles, Nick as the Program Director of Daybreak Star Preschool at United Indians of All Tribes, and Mike, Sr. Director of Community Engagement at Cultivate Learning, they combine their experience from their time in the classroom with their insights as ECE leaders in order to challenge your perspective on the ways we teach, play, and love society's youngest citizens. 

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