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Let’s Celebrate          Grandparents Day!

Let’s Celebrate Grandparents Day!

Photo of Andreas, Miguel Pastrana’s grandchild Life is full of milestones.  The moment that we are born and begin to experience the outside world once we have departed our mother’s womb (It is a good thing that we do not remember...
Board Member Shares Breastfeeding Experience

Board Member Shares Breastfeeding Experience

I love that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to breastfeed both of my girls. I nursed my oldest until she was 15 months old and I am currently breastfeeding my youngest now at six months old. While I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding, I respect...
BirthMatters says Farewell to Khabonina

BirthMatters says Farewell to Khabonina

When I first graduated from college, I had high aspirations but little to no direction. All I knew was that my end goal for my career would be creating my own nonprofit. Signing up for the AmeriCorps VISTA program was the perfect first step...
When Life Becomes a Little Hard “LOVE ON” by Lead Doula Amber

When Life Becomes a Little Hard “LOVE ON” by Lead Doula Amber

I honestly don’t know where to begin! My mind has been unsettled with everything that has been going on in America. This civil unrest is very disturbing for me as well as the families in which I serve. I would like to challenge my readers...
Another Best Practice Breastfeeding Friendly Business Site

Another Best Practice Breastfeeding Friendly Business Site

Maya recently sat down with Debbie Strickland. She is the Director of This is My Child (TMC), a childcare and early education center located at the Middle Tyger Community Center (MTCC). TMC is the first childcare center in Upstate South Carolina to be...
Spotlighting Best Practice Breastfeeding Business Friendly Sites

Spotlighting Best Practice Breastfeeding Business Friendly Sites

Maya recently spoke with Staci Gallman, the Women and Children Services Program Coordinator at Spartanburg Regional, about how the healthcare system has approached being breastfeeding friendly and why breastfeeding matters to them. Staci says that breastfeeding...
Garden Party 2019

Garden Party 2019

We wanted to share a bit about our recent Garden Party fundraiser. The garden party is an event that we throw every year in April to raise money to support our programming. At the event, community supporters, colleagues in the industry, and some of those...
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

To honor teen pregnancy prevention month and the work we are doing on this issue, we have partnered with the Mary Black Foundation to show how we are addressing this issue every day. Check out our blog post below. Teen Pregnancy in Spartanburg Did you...
Birth and Equity: Why Community-Based Doulas?

Birth and Equity: Why Community-Based Doulas?

Birth and Equity: Why Community-Based Doulas? This week’s blog is written by Molly Chappell-McPhail, Executive Director at BirthMatters, Brenda Blasingame, M.A., Executive Director at HealthConnect One, and Dila K Perera, MSW MPH, Executive Director...
Sex Education: Netflix’s New Smash Teen Hit

Sex Education: Netflix’s New Smash Teen Hit

iMatter recently partnered with the Connect Initiative through the Mary Black Foundation to write a blog post about Netflix’s new smash hit show, Sex Education. This show has become increasingly popular with teens and many parents have questions...