Our AMEN group started in Avondale at Carmel Presbyterian Church in 2017. We first called ourselves “Avondale Moms Empowered to Nurse.” Avondale is a community with low breastfeeding rates.
We originally met in person twice a month and our AMEN Champion moms provided peer-to-peer breastfeeding support and education to pregnant and postpartum moms. We added a second group in 2019 in Price Hill. We provided Kroger Gift Cards to attending mothers, refreshments, childcare and transportation.
We also invite special guests to attend the group to meet the needs of our Breastfeeding moms covering topics from Lead to Nutrition, Reading, Fathers and MORE!
Since the beginning we have hosted over 900 participants and held 116 groups! We have enjoyed 25 guest speakers and 23 moms have additionally been trained as Community Transformers or Breastfriends through our collaboration with ROSE (Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere).
During COVID we started meeting weekly on ZOOM! We have partnered with All Children Thrive to distribute hygiene bundles to moms in need and are working on a new delivery plan now too!