Health & Wellness: “The Mom Activist”
“Mothers are the rocks of our families and a foundation in our communities. In gratitude for their generous love, patient counsel, and lifelong support, let us pay respect to the women who carry out the hard work of motherhood with skill and grace, and let us remember those mothers who, though no longer with us, inspire us still.”
-44th U.S. President Barack Obama
Christine Michel Carter’s purpose-driven mission is rooted in health & wellness. As “the global mom activist” for the past decade, Christine Michel Carter has had one mission. Her mission is to give working mothers around the world positive, insightful content to make them feel confident and understood. Motherhood is one of the most transformative experiences in a woman’s life; it has a cascading effect on her personal and professional relationships. Regardless of the title, it’s important for society to understand that ALL mothers are in fact, working mothers. Changing the narrative will help moms reduce their stress, raise loving children and thus… change the world.
Global Social Impact For Moms
Christine is aligned to one of the critical health topics of the World Health Organization (WHO): maternal health. This includes the physical, emotional and mental health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. Christine Michel Carter advocates for companies to create a suite of holistic support for parents, including fertility support and coverage and maternity and postpartum benefits.
Additionally, there are cultural nuances during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. These increase the risks of experiencing mental health challenges for moms of color. For example, statistics show that Black women are three to four times more likely to die during or after delivery. Mothers of color are also experiencing higher burnout rates. Christine Michel Carter is a Black mother committed to social impact for moms. As an executive committee member of Mom Congress, Christine wants Black mothers around the world to stop suffering in silence.
Child care is one of the main catalysts to the decline of maternal health. Christine Michel Carter is also passionate about elevating the importance of this issue. Aligned to the WHO health topic: quality of child care, Christine has worked with the Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls, the FamTech Collaborative, the Department of Labor and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on maternal and child care related issues. In addition to interviewing former Senator and the first female Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris, Christine has also worked on her maternal initiatives. Christine is the founder of Mompreneur and Me, the nation’s first free mommy and me professional development event. Christine’s co-hosted conference, The State Of Black Mothers In America, is the largest global conference for Black mothers.
Walking The Walk
Christine Michel Carter has brought awareness to the following initiatives:
- Black Maternal Health Week
- Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act
- Maximizing Outcomes for Moms Through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services Act
- Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards Act of 2019
- Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness Act
- Mother’s Monday
- Paid Leave for the U.S. (PL+US)
- Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign
- Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act
- State Of Black Mothers In America
- TIME’S UP Care Economy Business Council
- VoteMama Foundation
Philanthropy And Investments In Mompreneurs
Christine’s primary charitable interest is dedicated to supporting Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Their Beyond Bars (GSBB) is a program for girls who are struggling to deal with their mothers’ imprisonment. It also gives their mothers a chance to have a positive role in their daughters’ lives. In 2020 The State Of Black Mothers In America made a donation to this program. The donation will support field trips for the Beyond Bars troop through 2022. It will also provide one $1,000 college scholarship award to GSBB “graduates” who have been accepted into a college.
Christine is also an angel investor for Myavana and Cradlewise, two tech companies founded by moms of color. Myavana analyzes, researches and recommends personalized hair care solutions. Cradlewise is an AI-powered smart crib and bassinet and was named the Editors’ Choice and Best Family Tech at CES 2021 and one of TIME’s Best Inventions in 2020.