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The Restoration Episode

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Episode 05: Birthright Live: The Restoration Episode

Black birthing needs healing. Too many Black women and birthing individuals are left holding trauma and unresolved hurt due to the mistreatment, dismissiveness, or disrespect they endured during the childbirth experience. It’s time to model healing journeys for those carrying birth trauma, so we can all find joy! In our first Birthright Live episode, I sit down with two Black mamas who are holding trauma and a psychotherapist, specializing in birth-related disorders and anxieties, for an unforgettable journey to restore and heal from their traumatic birthing experiences. The episode features tips for everyone to start their own healing journey and reminds us that watching others heal can be healing for all.

Watch the full live episode, filmed in part in NYC, on the Birthright Podcast YouTube page!


Birthright is funded by the California Health Care Foundation.

About our Guests

Nneka Symister is a licensed Social worker who has two decades of experience helping individuals and families build and strengthen their relationships with themselves and others. Her work includes supporting diverse populations, including self -harming young adults and the LGBTQIA community. She also specializes in helping women and couples who suffer with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, miscarriage and loss. In her work, she uses multiple techniques to best serve her clients, including Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal therapy and mindfulness. Ms. Symister received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Urban Education from the State University of Albany.  She is also EMDR trained.  She is deeply involved in her community serving as member of state and national professional organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers, National Alliance on Mental Illness and The Links, Incorporated. Nneka Symister is the founder of My Local Therapist, LLC (@nneka_symister) where she provides mental health services in New York.


Alisha Liggett, MD, is a Family Medicine Doctor, and founder of Empower Her Health, a health education and justice practice that empowers women of color to navigate their reproductive journeys with agency, promoting healthy pregnancies, and healthy infants.  Her work focuses on Black maternal health disparities, reproductive health education, and patient empowerment.  Follow her on IG @happyhealthydoctoralisha, and linked in and sign up for her monthly newsletter on her website. www.empowerherhealth.com!


Sasha Winslow is a native New Yorker, hailing from Spanish Harlem. She is a New York State Professional Registered Nurse and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. As a certified maternal newborn nurse, she is passionate about all things postpartum and family health. Winslow is committed to creating inclusive environments for families, supporting policies/ initiatives that promote reproductive justice and practices that improve Black Maternal health outcomes. 

During her free time, she is an avid reader, book reviewer/blogger of all things fiction on her bookstagram @sashalovesbooks.

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