Boosting Breastfeeding: Community Strategies that Support Breastfeeding
8:00 AM08:00

Boosting Breastfeeding: Community Strategies that Support Breastfeeding


Gift of Life Foundation is inviting area health and social service providers, early learning professionals, breastfeeding mothers, WIC counselors, nutritionists and breastfeeding advocates to attend the free workshop, "Boosting Breastfeeding Support: Community Strategies to Support Breastfeeding" on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the new auditorium on the campus of Trenholm State Community College- Patterson Campus. Presented by nationally recognized breastfeeding expert Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, co-director of Every Mother, Inc., the event will cover several topics including "Addressing Common Barriers to Breastfeeding", "Supporting Employed Breastfeeding Moms", "Working with Health Care Providers to Build Networks of Support", "Enhancing Workplace Support for Breastfeeding Moms" and "Increasing Public Visibility of Breastfeeding." The workshop and CEUs are free, but YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND BY MARCH 1, 2019. Professional learning certificates will be provided for those who do not require CEUs but would like to document completing the workshop. Lunch will not be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from nearby restaurants. For more information, call Mona Davis, Gift of Life Marketing and Community Outreach Director at (334) 273-7800 or visit us online at

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Cultural Awareness of Domestic Violence Conference
8:00 AM08:00

Cultural Awareness of Domestic Violence Conference

The River Region Community Action Team, Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Gift of Life Foundation, and Family Sunshine Center are hosting the workshop "Cultural Awareness of the Dynamics of Domestic Violence" on October 18, 2018, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2416 W. Cloverdale Park.

Morning Presenter: Retired Lt. Steve Searcy, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator, Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence will present the workshops “Dynamics of Domestic Violence” and “Cultural Awareness of DV”.

Afternoon Presenter: Gina Mullins, Children's Victim Services Counselor, Family Sunshine Center will present the workshop “Domestic Violence & Children’s Brain Development”.

The cost of the conference is free but YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE TO ATTEND.

Seating is limited to the first 100 registered participants and is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis until all available seats are exhausted. No exceptions. The general admission ticket issued upon registration on Eventbrite will be required for entry to the event. Sign-in for the event will be from 7:45-8:20 a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, call Mona Davis, Gift of Life Foundation at (334) 273-7800.

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Candlelight Memorial in honor of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day
6:00 PM18:00

Candlelight Memorial in honor of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Gift of Life is partnering with the Alabama Department of Public Health’s River Region Community Action Team to hold a candlelight memorial for families across the River Region who have lost a pregnancy or infant on October 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The event coincides with the International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and all over the world people will be lighting candles at 7 p.m. to show support, share resources and raise awareness about infant mortality for those who have lost a baby.

The event will include poems, prayers, a balloon release and the lighting of candles. Families who desire to share their infant or pregnancy loss stories will be given an opportunity to do so.

For more information, call Gift of Life Foundation at (334) 272-1820.

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6:30 PM18:30

30th Anniversary Benefit Banquet

What a special evening! Gift of Life recently celebrated 30 years of service Montgomery families with its anniversary banquet held on September 20 at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery. The evening included presentations from the state, county and city, an entry of the occasion into the Congressional record by Congresswoman Martha Roby's Office and numerous reflections from those GOL has partnered with over for 30 years. Highlights included a video featuring the clients we have served over the years and special awards presented to our founding board members and their families, current board members and the presentation of the new Martha Jinright Educational Award to Courtney Moncrief and Tre'al Nelson, participants in GOL's Nurse Family Partnership Program. The competitive scholarship awards were in the amount of $1,000 to help them further their educational pursuits. Special thanks to our Legacy Sponsors Allen Dupre & OB-GYN Associates of Montgomery, Assured Partners, and Maureen and Dr. Arthur Britton. Special thanks to our Trailblazers Gregg Everett and Gilpin Givhan and the William Chandler family. Thanks also go to our Advocates Cedric Bradford, Cheryl and Robert Davis, A.Z. Holloway, MD, Ty Powell, Synovus Bank, Grace Thomas, MD, Diane and Allen Weil, Edward Welch, Jr. and Dr. James and Cathy Wright and other important donors. We appreciate you!

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1:00 PM13:00

Gift of Life 2018 Graduation Ceremony Awards first-ever Resilience Awards

We couldn't have been prouder of Gift of Life's 2018 program graduates who were celebrated during a ceremony and reception held at MACOA’s Archibald Center on July 14, 2018. More than 80 women were slated to be recognized at the annual event, which recognizes our program participants’ achievements in Parents as teachers, Mobile Family Coaching, Group Coaching and Nurse Family Partnership.

Abbigail Amyx and Paris Daves were the first recipients of the Gift of Life Foundation Board's Resilience Award, which recognizes outstanding program participants who have overcome the odds to be successful. Past GOL program graduates Bianch Reed and Angelica Hawkins served as this year's guest speakers.

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9:00 AM09:00

Gift of Life Host First-Ever Fathers Matter Men's Health/Fatherhood Summit

Gift of Life’s Community Action Network and Fathers in Action Program partnered with Alabama State University to present the Fathers Matter Men’s Health and Fatherhood Summit on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 9 a.m. -Noon at the new ASU Hornet Stadium.

About 50 attended the event which was promoted heavily in the community using television, radio, flyers and social media. GOL Executive Director Cheryl Davis and Fatherhood Family coach Jessie Yates were interviewed on WSFA-12’s Alabama Live, the highest rated morning show in the market. They also appeared on WKXN-FM and WVAS-FM to promote the event. Media also provided  day-of coverage of the event.

More than 21 vendors signed up to participate at the event which offered free health and wellness screenings provided by area health providers; information on community resources for jobs; family and community programs offered by the public school system, parenting programs through Family Guidance of Alabama, and a local church.

The summit included conversations on the importance of father involvement led by an area pastor and licensed social worker, and a question and answer portion where a local attorney answered questions about a father’s rights, child support, custody and visitation.

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7:30 AM07:30

GOL Maternal Child Mini-Conference Draws Over 100 Professionals

The Gift of Life Foundation held its 2nd Annual Maternal/Child Health Mini-Conference on Friday, April 27,2018 from 7:30 a.m.- Noon at the AUM School of Nursing. The mini-conference provided education to more than 100 area maternal child health and social work professionals on issues grappling the state ranging from the rising rate of sexually transmitted infections in Alabama, prenatal stress and its impact on a mother and child’s development, to neonatal abstinence syndrome -- what happens when a baby is exposed to drugs in the womb. Special thanks to presenters Christina Clark and Jamie Keith with the Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy; Candace Knight, PHD, RN, Director/Supervisor, Nurse Family Partnership of Central Alabama; Frank "Breeze" Smith of Breezeville Yoga; and Cheryl Robinson, DNS,MS,NNP-BC, Associate Professor, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, UAB School of Nursing. Special thanks to event sponsors AUM School of Nursing and Baptist Health.

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