Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Help Healthy Children Project celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) this week by revisiting some of our previous articles celebrating the contributions of Hispanic/Latinx care providers. 

Photo by Irina Iriser on Unsplash

In Reclaiming Latino/Hispanic birth and breastfeeding traditions, HealthConnect One’s program manager Brenda Reyes, RN, CLC speaks to Latino/Hispanic birth culture from a personal perspective.

During her pregnancy, her family rallied around her, protecting her and her growing baby from the effects of stress.

“My ancestors had a very clear idea and connection about emotion and stress [during pregnancy and beyond,]” Reyes begins. “They knew the impact of emotion.”

That meant household chores were alleviated from her routine during the “Cuarentena,” 40 days after the postpartum period. Food and nutrition were central to the support she received too. She learned from her mother and grandmother about the importance of healthy activity during pregnancy, and the way movement could replace medicalized pain intervention during birth. Once she gave birth, she carried her baby in a rebozo, the same way her mother carried her. 

More on HealthConnect One’s successful programs and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations can be found at HealthConnect One celebrates Latino-Hispanic Heritage Month in an interview with Helen Dimas, CLC, LSP, HC One Trainer and Project Coordinator. 

Last year in Self-objectification and breastfeeding, we featured the work of Christine Toledo, PhDc, MSN, RN, ARNP, FNP-C, a PhD candidate at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, and a McKnight Doctoral Fellow. The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship is a program “designed to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels.”

Lorena Quiroz-Lewis is a bilingual health and wellness coach, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and executive director at LABALink (Latin American Betterment Association) working in Mississippi. 

“In the Delta, Latino moms are invisible,” Quiroz-Lewis states. “They lack a voice because they are undocumented and either do not speak the language or do not speak well. There is no one to advocate for them, nor do they have the resources to advocate for themselves.”

As a self proclaimed writer and storyteller, Quiroz Lewis documents the accounts of her life; stories from Ecuador, her family’s migration to the States, growing up Latina in New York, marrying and moving to rural Mississippi.

Quiroz-Lewis’s work is showcased in Improving access to culturally and linguistically appropriate services for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) community

Liz Chang is an established Lactation Care Provider in Pennsylvania. We first featured her work back in 2014. 

Ileana Berrios, CLC is a mother, doula and Philadelphia WIC Breastfeeding Manager. She created the group Breastfeeding Latinasto address these disparities, call for culturally appropriate and culturally safe care, and to provide a resource to women of color in her community. Read about her work here.

For more resources, tools and materials related to Hispanic Heritage Month, you can visit USBC’s comprehensive page here

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