UPDATE as of 3/1/21: CCCN Presents Community Book Club with Guest Author Dr. Deirde Cooper Owens

Updated: 4 days ago


We are excited to announce two new sponsors for the CCCN Community Book Club and Guest Author Q & A event.

Thank you to our event Sponsors

Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition and Dignity Health on the Central Coast

for supporting this inspiring, impactful community event!

Due to recent sponsorships, CCCN will open the remaining book club dates and the Q&A on March 26th FREE to the community! Please register with the code FREE25 at checkout.

RSVP now!

Thank you to our event Supporter

Center for Family Strengthening. Thank you to our current book club speakers and members for their participation.


Are you a Birth and Wellness Professional? Healthcare or Medical Provider? Medical Student or Resident? Do you enjoy non-fiction books? Join CCCN Members for our first educational series event of 2021. Learn more about our upcoming Community Book Club with Guest Author Q & A. This event is open to all.


What book will we be reading? Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology by Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens.


What will we talk about?

This will be a 5-week book club with guest speakers who are experts in the field of medicine and local leaders improving the health of vulnerable populations while exploring the current state of Black Maternal Health in the United States.


Discussions will explore topics on race and racism over time, gender and gender inequalities, and bioethics caring for patients as well as general questions. Content Warning: Racism, Violence, Slavery. See book review here. Learn more about CCCNs call to action for improving Black Maternal Health in a blog post here.


How do I sign up? RSVP now!


How do I join the FB group? When you RSVP you will get:

  • Instant access to important event links.

  • Access to Private FB Group. Starts 2/18/2021. Join before March 20th!

  • Access to LIVE Q & A with Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

  • Automatically entered to win an autographed copy of the book when you sign-up.


What is the event schedule?

2/4/2021 5:30 PM PST- Book Club Welcome with Moderator Zabrina Cox and Jennifer Stover via Zoom LIVE stream into Private FB group.


2/18/2021-3/18/2021 (Thursday's) 5:30PM-6:00PM- Weekly Discussions + Guest Speakers via Zoom LIVE stream into Private FB group.


3/26/2021 6:30pm-7:30pm- LIVE Q & A with Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens via Zoom

*Reminder all links are available when you RSVP.


Do I have to attend to FB Group Book Club? No, you can read the book alone, not at all, or all at once. The weekly discussion will correspond to topics of each chapter. You can only join the LIVE Q & A too, although joining the book club with peers is highly encouraged and can facilitate a more impactful experience.


Is this event a part of a larger book club? No, this is currently planned as a one time event from February 18, 2021-March 26, 2021.


What if I RSVP and I can't attend either event? At this time tickets are nonrefundable. Please contact hello@centralcoastcn.org if you have any questions.


Upcoming Guest Speakers during 5-week Book Club ONLY!


Dr. Anika Moore completed her medical school at Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. She then worked in Santa Maria CA for 7 years at Marian Medical Center and was the Chief of OB/GYN at Community Health Centers of the Central Coast. Currently, she is in Boston working at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Her promise when she decided to go into medicine was to do everything she could to ensure women were treated well and to listen, partner and connect with women to help take care of their health needs.


2/25/21 Victoria Siaumau, she/her/hers

Child Development and Comparative Ethnic Studies Undergraduate


3/4/21 Barbara Finch, Children and Adult Network Director Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services


3/11/21 TBD


Jennifer Dunatov is a medical ethicist who founded No Trauma Mama® after learning as a new mother about the global realities of obstetric violence in clinical practice. She offers online and in-person courses for birth professionals committed to personal and systemic transformation.

Jennifer has a doctorate in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University and has served in clinical, corporate, and academic roles for the last 15+ years. She speaks locally, nationally and internationally on topics ranging from the ethics of genetic medicine and biotechnology to informed consent in the birth experience. Jennifer lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their 3 young children.

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