I Have a Problem With That: Equality in Maternal Health

April 22, 2024

Moderated by Tacara Young, Richland Library Media Strategist

On the heels of the City of Columbia’s First Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), Richland Library’s African American History and Cultural Events Committee is proud to present a compelling panel discussion on the crucial topic of equity in maternal healthcare. The event, I Have a Problem With That: Equality in Maternal Health aims to raise awareness about the disparities in birth outcomes and explore strategies to promote culturally competent care.

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Richland Library Main (Auditorium)

About the Panelists:

Nicole Deggins

Founder of Sista Midwife Productions, one of the country’s leading birth advocacy experts, named “The Midwife Shifting the Narrative” by ESSENCE Magazine.



Rhonda “Rho” Sims

Founder, Black Maternal Health Collective; Program Manager for Outreach at the Preeclampsia Foundation, trailblazer in reproductive justice.


Dr. Kendreia Dickens-Carr

Vice Chair of Medical Staff Affairs and Quality at Prisma Health, renowned OB/Gyn.



Ebonie Garnett

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Community Health Worker, and Doula Trainer.


Key Discussion Topics:

  • Insights into the challenges faced by Black birthing individuals in the healthcare system.
  • Strategies for promoting culturally competent care and addressing disparities in maternal health outcomes.
  • Advocacy initiatives and community partnerships to improve maternal healthcare access and quality.

Interview Opportunities:

Media representatives are invited to engage with our esteemed panelists and moderator, gaining valuable insights into the critical issues surrounding maternal healthcare equity. Don’t miss out on this enlightening and impactful conversation.


About Richland Library

Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 13 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.