Join us for an honest and nuanced conversation about the complexities of pregnancy loss and the various paths to parenthood, livestreamed here, on Facebook and on Twitter on Monday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Moderated by Jamie Stelter, traffic anchor and co-host of Mornings On 1, the panel discussion will delve into the physical, emotional and psychological challenges women face when they miscarry.
Five women, with a range of experiences, will talk about the impact pregnancy loss has on relationships, the pressure to not let it impact work or other children, and the unattended consequences of some medical interventions. They will also discuss, from personal experience, their decisions about when to share and how – and how culture can influence the way a person may address questions of advocacy and privacy.
The panel will take place at the women's co-working space, The Wing, in its SoHo location. Please share your questions, stories and thoughts using the hashtag #NY1xTheWing.
JAMIE STELTER - MODERATOR
TRAFFIC ANCHOR AND CO-HOST OF "MORNINGS ON 1"
Jamie Stelter is the traffic anchor and co-host of "Mornings On 1" for NY1. She's been a mainstay on the network since 2010, bringing viewers the latest from the trains, tunnels, and all modes of transportation around the city. She and her husband Brian, CNN's Chief Media Correspondent and Host of "Reliable Sources," have been open about the miscarriages and IVF they went through before having their daughter, Sunny, and again before Jamie's current pregnancy. They are expecting their second child in August.
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ERIN BILLUPS - PANELIST
NATIONAL HEALTH REPORTER
Erin Billups has been reporting on health for Spectrum News since 2013. She's covered a wide range of topics, from the rollout of the Affordable Care Act to innovations in treatment for diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer's, heart disease and cancer. Erin's coverage regularly highlights public policy responses to health epidemics and widening disparities in access to care. She is now the host of Spectrum Networks' new initiative "Exploring Your Health," which will take a deeper dive into major health issues affecting Americans.
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ERICA MCAFEE - PANELIST
FOUNDER, SISTERS IN LOSS
After experiencing two losses, Erica knew she was not alone and wanted to break the silence around talking about miscarriages. Black women are three to four times more likely to lose a baby or lose their lives than white women, according to the CDC. So, she created the Sisters in Loss podcast in 2017 to begin sharing stories of black women for healing, to gain clarity and peace, and to create an online community for sisterhood. Sisters in Loss has amassed a reach of 15,000 black women and women of color with over 200,000 Podcast downloads, and has been featured in Black Enterprise, Women's Health, and Glamour.
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SUZANNE ROBOTTI - PANELIST
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DES ACTION USA
Suzanne is the executive director of DES Action USA, founded 41 years ago to educate and advocate on behalf of those exposed to the drug DES (diethylstilbestrol). Suzanne is a DES daughter herself. She also launched MedShadow Foundation, an independent health journalism site in 2015. She serves as the co-chair of the Transportation Committee of NYC Community Board 7, is on the advisory board of Pace University's Masters in Publishing program, and is a trustee of Springfield College in Massachusetts. She has also had a successful publishing industry career as founder of Cradle Publishing and Baby Publishing LLC.
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CHRISTENE BARBERICH - PANELIST
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND CO-FOUNDER, REFINERY29
Christene Barberich is the global editor-in-chief and co-founder of the award-winning women’s media company Refinery29, which reaches 450 million visitors across platforms globally. She is also the New York Times best-selling author of Style Stalking and the creator/host of the acclaimed podcast UnStyled. Her writing has appeared in T Magazine, Dwell, Domino, Travel & Leisure, and Amuse, among other titles. In 2017, Christene became the first ever Mentor-in-Residence at SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) and was also selected as a fellow for the Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence program.
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