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Childbirth Advocates Launch Community Radio Program

Nov 21, 2011 11:10AM

Four Sarasota mothers have launched a weekly radio program dedicated to maternal health. “Maternally Yours: Sarasota’s Conversation about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Motherhood” airs every Tuesday night at 6:30pm on Sarasota’s community radio station, WSLR 96.5 LPFM. It is the first-ever local broadcast dedicated to the subject, and WSLR’s first program hosted by a collective of women.

“Maternally Yours” is an opportunity for Sarasota to learn about issues affecting pregnant families, infants, and young children from a consumer perspective. The program will be hosted on a rotating basis Cheryl Kindred, Carmela Pedicini, Ryan Stanley and Laura Gilkey.

Cheryl is a birth and postpartum Doula, a Birth Assistant, Natural Childbirth Educator and local pregnancy, postpartum and breastfeeding support group facilitator. Carmela is an Independent Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Counselor, Licensed Practical Nurse, and local musician. Ryan is a long-time Sarasotan and young mother whose daughter’s birth shifted her career path toward Postpartum Doula certification. Laura is an advocate for evidence-based maternity care, a board member for Florida Friends of Midwives and the Healthy Start Coalition, author of the blog “Born in Sarasota,” and marketing director for The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project.

To listen to “Maternally Yours,” please tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm. The program is also available via live streaming on, and podcast at

For more information, please contact the hostesses of Maternally Yours at [email protected], or call 941-915-8115.

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