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Birth & Breastfeeding Post-Pandemic: The Silver Linings Playbook

May 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm June 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

The inequities, systemic failures and policy gaps for pregnant women, birthing people and new parents have been laid bare and even exacerbated by Covid-19. But there are silver linings to this pandemic–and we must prepare now to turn those silver linings into solid solutions for shifting the birth and breastfeeding landscape. This pandemic will soon end, and many of the same commercial, political and structural forces will quickly return to “business as usual” without collective and concerted effort. The window of opportunity to act will be small and we must be ready to act!

Join me for a 4-week experience of community building, strategic planning and tactical mapping to ultimately co-create a post pandemic Call To Action for the birth and breastfeeding movement.

We can forge a new path and create the silver linings playbook. But we must get ready now, so we don’t have to get ready later.


Birth & Breastfeeding Post Pandemic: The Silver Linings Playbook

A Live 6- Session/4-Week Virtual Experience | Thursdays, May 14th to June 4th

Series Objectives: 8 CERPS Pending 

  • Identify key components of a state and national approach to birth and breastfeeding  post- pandemic that would be centered in a reproductive justice framework. 
  • Understand how public health responses to previous pandemics and national emergencies shed light on effective and ineffective strategies for systemic change.
  • Identify critical strategies to undo harm to racial disparity reduction work and to needed strategies to restore birth and breastfeeding equity work post-pandemic.
  • Identify and create elements of a Silver Linings Playbook to advance education, advocacy, policy and systemic change to improve maternal and child health outcomes. 
  • Co-create a multi-level Call to Action for the birth and breastfeeding movement.


The Silver Linings Playbook Online Event–Session Overview:

(Includes Group Work Facilitation By Simran Noor)

WEEK ONE: May 14th

Noon EST to 1:30 PM

Session 1: The current state of play. Where are we now? A look at the pandemic’s impact on birth and breastfeeding from conflicting guidance, forced and unnecessary mom-baby separation, women birthing alone, infant formula shortages, human donor milk recommendations, the impact on Black women and birthing people of color.

15 Minute Break

1:45 to 2:45 EST

Session 2: Playbooks Past: Learning from history and other disciplines. This session will cover what can we learn from public health responses to previous pandemics that hold lessons for effective and ineffective strategies for change. What do we know about post-pandemic psychology, consumer patterns and priorities that can advance birth and breastfeeding policies and equity?

15 Minute Break

3:00 EST-4:30 PM 

Session 3: Building a Playbook Framework: Getting from here to there. This interactive session will focus on how do we not just repair but reimagine the birth and breastfeeding landscape. What are specific actions that need to taken to repair harm, what are the pivots and radical changes required? How do we prepare to engage reformers, policymakers, legislators, healthcare professional organizations and others who have the ability to make the change happen? This session will conclude with group work, with all attendees assigned to a virtual working group.

5:00 Virtual Happy Hour!!


WEEK TWO: May 21st

Noon EST – 2PM

Session 4: Developing the Playbook: This session will focus on a facilitated process of identifying key areas for pressure and action, led by Kimberly Seals Allers and Simran Noor of Noor Consulting. Work groups will meet to focus and prioritize ideas and prepare for a”take away” assignment.

May 21st – May 28th  Groups are expected to stay in communication and work collectively on their assignment.


From Noon to 1 PM, Kimberly and Simran will be available for a mid-point check-in to assist anyone or group with feedback, ideas and or support in developing actionable items. (This is optional)


WEEK THREE: May 28th 

Noon EST to 1:30 PM 

Session 5: In this session, Kimberly will briefly present on collective impact principles and the working groups will share their findings and ideas. Based on the groups feedback, Simran will facilitate on identifying goals, objectives and potential action items.


WEEK FOUR: June 4th 

Noon EST to 1:30 PM 

Session 6: Learning the Plays/Creating a Call To Action: After a week of synthesizing group notes, feedback and recommendations, Kimberly and Simran will present an overview of solutions and action steps back to the group as a draft Call to Action for review and discussion.  We will work on the draft CTA as a group, determine next steps and future commitments from attendees.

1:30 – 2:30 Closing thoughts & conversations!



Full: $125 (includes 90 day access to all presentations & working group notes + one post-session group call with Kimberly)

Early Bird: May 29th- May 2 $99 (includes 90 day access to all presentations & working group notes)

Pay What You Can: Starting at $40

A Personal Note from Kimberly: These are tough times for all of us! I am committing time and resources to this project because I am committed to the outcome. I am asking those who are able, to support the vision and purpose of this collective process with a full price ticket, so that I can support those who need a sliding scale or no-cost option. Also, if you do not see a payment option that works for you, and you are truly committed to doing the work of this series, please use the Make My Own Payment donation option or email my team at TeamKSA71@gmail dot com. We need everyone at the table for this to work!!



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May 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
June 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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Kimberly Seals Allers
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