The Well Virtual Event Series

Consider the Cycle: Understanding the Four Phases of the Menstrual Cycle in the Context of an Uncertain Year

4 pm PST, September 28, 2020

It’s difficult enough to stay in tune with what your menstrual cycle might be trying to tell you in normal times, and 2020 has been far from normal. In such a time of uncertainty, it’s a significant moment to consider the cycle. Your body is a physical record of every emotion and experience you’ve ever had, which is why it’s important to stay conscious of our bodies, listening to what they want and need in every moment, and doing what we can to honor that.

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Molly Hayward

Molly Hayward, Founder, Cora

Molly Hayward is the Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Cora, and the Founder and Editor in Chief of Blood & Milk.

Female Founders In Conversation and Celebration of Sexual Wellness

4 pm PST, September 29, 2020

In celebration of our sexuality, our physical autonomy, and our health, hear from a panel of inspirational female founders on creating businesses at the intersection of feminism, our bodies, and our lives. 

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Eva Coiconchea

Eva Goicochea, CEO, Maude

Eva is the Founder and CEO of Maude, a modern sexual wellness comapny built on quality, simplicity, and inclusivity.

Mia Davis, Founder & CEO, Tabu

Mia is the Founder and CEO of Tabu, a modern and approachable guide to sexual wellness.

Liz Klinger, Founder & CEO, Lioness

Liz is the Founder and CEO of Lioness, a smart vibrator that lets you see and improve orgasms.

Brianna Rader, Founder, Juicebox

Brianna is the Founder and CEO of Juicebox, which delivers interactive erotic stories over text via Slutbot.

How to Find the Best Birth Control For You & Your Body

4 pm PST, September 30, 2020

Women’s bodies, preferences, and timeline for reproductive planning vary vastly—and we believe in their ability to choose a birth control best suited to their unique needs. Blood & Milk is proud to partner with digital health provider Nurx, whose mission is to provide convenient, affordable, and judgment-free care for women’s health needs, including for birth control. 

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Dr. Yesenia Valdez

Dr. Yesenia Valdez is a board-certified physician with experience in both women’s and LBGTQ health. She enjoys working in telehealth because it increases access to care, as well as the quality of care. She loves delivering the care patients need, while her patients love the convenience and flexibility.

Celeste Perron

As Content and Editorial Lead, Celeste ensures that the Nurx community receives the health advice and insights they need on birth control, sexual health, migraines and more, by drawing on the deep expertise of the Nurx medical team. A former health editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, Celeste has reported on personal health for NBCUniversal and for Women’s Health, Health, Shape, and Self magazines. 

fertility event

Real Talk on Planning Ahead For Pregnancy

12 pm PST, October 1, 2020

Whether you’re trying to conceive or are just looking to better understand your hormones, cycle, or future planning goals, Modern Fertility is our go-to resource. We’ve partnered with the fertility hormone essentials brand to give you a crash course in what you need to do before planning to get pregnant — whether that’s in a few months or a few years.

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Dr. Jennifer Conti, MD, MS, MSc

Dr. Jennifer Conti, MD, MS, MSc is an internationally recognized health expert, medical journalist, and OB-GYN. She received her MD from the University of California San Francisco and completed residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland, and a fellowship in Family Planning at Stanford University. She is a medical advisor for Modern Fertility and also serves as an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. She holds Master’s degrees in both Journalism from the Columbia Journalism School, and Epidemiology & Clinical Research from Stanford University. She is the co-author of The Vagina Book: an owner’s manual for taking care of your down there, and co-host of The V Word Podcast, which was featured on the iTunes New & Noteworthy podcasts list. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Navigating the Million Different Hats of Motherhood During a Pandemic Year

12 pm PST, October 2, 2020

Between virtual school, working from home, and balancing the emotional needs of an entire family, there’s no manual or playbook for motherhood in 2020. And while no one can provide a roadmap for motherhood in a pandemic, we can hold space for empathy, vulnerability, and celebration—because it’s been wildly difficult, and you’re doing an amazing job. 

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Randi Zinn, Founder, The Going Beyond Movement

Randi Zinn is an author, mindfulness and wellness expert, podcast host and founder of the Going Beyond Movement and Beyond Mom. The Going Beyond movement grants women permission to step in, step up, and enter a curious dialogue with their life. Our platform offers: The Going Beyond Podcast, LIVE podcast events, community building events, dynamic social media storytelling, and retreats for women. Randi is a regularly featured expert interviewed by the media, and has been featured in Women@Forbes, HuffPost, The New York Times, Well+Good, MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, Cheddar, FOX5 NY, Great Day Washington, The Honest Company Blog and many more. Randi’s book Going Beyond Mom- How to Activate Your Mind, Body & Business After Baby was published in September 2017.

Alexis Barad-Cutler, Founder, Not Safe For Mom

Alexis Barad-Cutler is a published author, veteran journalist, and founder of Not Safe For Mom Group (nsfmg) — a platform for shame-free conversations about topics too-often silenced in traditional motherhood spaces. Alexis has written for publications such as Romper, Fatherly, Motherly, and Hey Mama (among others). She is a sought-after speaker, group facilitator, and moderator who has been invited to host talking circles and discussions for international brands, corporate conferences, and professional summits. Alexis has been featured on sites such as by.Chloe, New York Family, Dumbo House, Going Beyond Movement and The Helm. She is a mom of two, living in Brooklyn Heights with her partner.

menopause event

Rethinking Menopause: Creating a Modern Toolkit to Celebrate a Natural Life Transition

4 pm PST, October 5, 2020

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s period, but it is so much more than the closing of a woman’s reproductive chapter. It is a celebration of wisdom and freedom, a revered awakening we must work, as a society, to reposition. Through her beautifully branded product line and work as an OB-GYN, Dr. Manuela Vazquez is focused on the nourishment—both physically and emotionally—women need in our thirties and beyond. 

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Manuela Maria Vazquez, founder, LaMaria

Manuela Vazquez, OB-GYN, Founder, LaMaria

Dr. Manuela Maria Vazquez is a practicing board certified ob/gyn who is dedicated to women’s wellbeing. She is the founder of LaMaria, a luxury skincare line that celebrates and complements the natural hormonal changes that occur throughout a woman’s lifetime.

Maria Vazquez

Maria Vazquez holds dual masters degrees in marriage and family therapy and in clinical psychology.

Endometriosis Awareness and Why More People Are Turning to CBD for Relief

4pm PST, October 6, 2020

Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women, or an estimated 176 million worldwide. An endometriosis diagnosis is often difficult to get, leaving many women to find alternative solutions to heal their body all alone.

Blood & Milk is proud to partner with Juna, the sustainable CBD brand, to present a discussion with experts Lauren Kornegay, Founder of Endo Black, and Dr. Tiffany Lester, MD, to discuss endometriosis and CBD.

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Lauren Kornegay, Founder, EndoBlack

Lauren Kornegay is the founder of EndoBlack, an organization advocating for African American women and women of color affected by endometriosis.

Jewel Zimmer & Taylor Lamb, Juna

Jewel and Taylor are the co-founders of sustainable CBD brand, Juna.

Tiffany Lester

Dr. Tiffany Lester

Dr. Tiffany Lester is a physician at Parsley Health where she takes a functional approach to chronic disease to get to the root cause of illness. Trained in internal medicine with additional education in functional medicine and acupuncture, for the last 10 years she has combined the best of conventional and alternative medicine to treat the whole person in clinical practice.

Navigating Pregnancy Loss: Three Women Who Have Been There on Grief, Community, and Life After Loss

4pm PST, October 7, 2020

Even though approximately 10%-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, pregnancy and infant loss are still woefully underrserved experiences thanks to decades of cultural silence, stigma and shame. Fortunately, Jessica Zucker, Ph.D., Psychologist and Founder of the #IHadaMiscarriage movement, Erica McAfee, Founder of Sisters in Loss, and Melo Garcia, Grief Specialist and Founder of After Chloe, are working to create the communities and support systems they wish they’d had after experiencing loss. They are working to create a culture that values grief and complex stories. 

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Jessica Zucker, Ph.D., Founder of @ihadamiscarriage

Jessica Zucker is a psychologist, author, public health enthusiast and prolific writer specializing in reproductive and maternal mental health.

Erica McAfee, Founder, Sisters in Loss

Erica McAfee is a speaker, doula, grief specialist, and Founder of Sisters in Loss, a community for Black women who need a safe space for inspiration and encouragement on their grief journeys due to miscarriage, infant or child loss, and stillbirth.

Melo Garcia, Founder, After Chloe

Melo Garcia is a grief coach and founder of After Chloe, a community for those who have suffered from infant loss.

3 ways to manage your mental health in times of uncertainty

4pm, October 8, 2020

In a year fraught with uncertainty and a seemingly endless cycle of bad news, many of us are left wondering, when will it end? While feeling a sense of doom and gloom right now is certainly normal, there’s also ample opportunity to add new coping skills into your mental wellness toolkit.

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Dr. Katrina Roundfield, PhD, Two Chairs

Katrina is the Head of Clinical Programs at Two Chairs. She works collaboratively with clients to help identify patterns that may be creating tension in their lives. She cares deeply about sharing the powerfully healing experience of therapy with others and is passionate about building a more accessible mental health system.

Megan Lierley, Managing Editor, Blood & Milk

Megan is the director of content at Cora and the managing editor of Blood & Milk.

Awareness & Advocacy: How Black Women Can Overcome the Racial Disparities in Today’s Healthcare System

4pm PST, October 9, 2020

From maternal morbidity rates that far surpass white mothers, to increased deaths from breast cancer and prejudice when seeking care, today’s healthcare system in the U.S. is disproportionately dangerous for Black women

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Dr. Temeka Zore, MD, FACOG

Dr. Temeka Zore is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and board-certified OB/GYN. She is passionate about educating women about their reproductive health and fertility preservation.

Nkechi Njaka, MSc.

Nkechi Deanna Njaka, MSc. is the founder of the creative agency NDN Integrated Lifestyle Studio as well as the co-founder of Sitting Matters, a mindful + creative lifestyle brand. She is also a meditation teacher.