Mercedes Small-Lewis

Mommy&Me Virtual Mommy Meet-ups co-facilitator

Mercedes Small-Lewis, Mommy&Me Virtual Mommy Meet-ups co-facilitator and Stakeholder Engagement Core member, is mother to a young son, creator of the Virtual Mommy Meet-ups, certified Clinical Medical Assistant and lactation peer educator. She’s also Founding Member of Moms’ Collective Wisdom, focus group members whose comments continue to shape the Mommy&Me study. Mercedes knows firsthand how difficult childbirth can be, even for young mothers. Alone with a brand-new baby, she wished that she had more support. She didn’t have the energy or capacity to do it by herself initially. Mercedes was able to make major progress when she came up with the idea for Virtual Mommy groups. She knew about in-person sessions, but as she recovered from a cesarean section, she couldn’t leave her home. The virtual meet ups that she created are for women only and let mothers who experienced postpartum depression talk with other women who feel and felt the same way. The groups give new moms, future moms and older moms a safe space to talk about what’s on our minds and to support each other.

Meet Mercedes: https://youtu.be/T8fmpOrTVzg

Address: 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Email: fetalbrain@childrensnational.org
Department: MRI Lab