Charis and SPARK Reproductive Justice Now welcome SPARK Executive Director, Dr. Krystal Redman, to discuss her book, I am Amyracle.... and I was born early.
I am Amyracle.... and I was born early is a family/children's book that tells the story of Amyr--who was born prematurely at 27 weeks--weighed 1lb 12 oz--, stayed in the NICU for 121 days, and overcame and thrived through a multitude of medical challenges (Cerebral Palsy, Respiratory challenges, VP-shunt, among other conditions).
Reproductive and systemic oppression is directly linked to adverse birth outcomes in Black and Brown folx. The purpose of this book is to create an educational piece of literature that is "family-friendly" that aims to normalize the topics of infant prematurity, high-risk maternal health, and birthing outcomes in Black families. I am Amyracle.... and I was born early is an illustrated health education book and personal story designed to be used as a tool to add to the conversations at the intersections of reproductive justice and achieving better maternal health outcomes.
About: Dr. Krystal Redman is a self-published author, and a frequent speaker throughout public health and reproductive health and justice industries. Her latest book is entitled "I am Amyracle....and I was born early." Dr. Redman has over 13 years of experience in managing health promotion and disease prevention initiatives, as well as public health access and community-based youth development programs. Prior to her tenure as Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now, Dr. Redman served as the Senior Project Director and Family Planning Director, Maternal and Child Health, at the Georgia Department of Public Health, where she worked on creating greater healthcare access for people and families throughout the state of Georgia. She has worked in Chief leadership roles for organizations serving under-resourced youth and women; and as a Chief of Operations and Clinical Director for a California based system of 24-ambulatory care addiction treatment and prevention programs. Dr. Redman received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She received her Doctorates of Public Health from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.