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Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.
— Brenè Brown

OUR STORY

Oshun Family Center is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. It was birthed from an experience by the founder Saleemah J. McNeil, she suffered a traumatic birth in 2006 while delivering her son. From suffering severe preeclampsia to and emergency c-section, Saleemah has worked hard to recover from this experience. This experience increased her drive to make a change in the field of maternal and child health and wellness. Saleemah obtained several positions in women’s health over the last decade such as a Birth/Postpartum Doula (no longer practicing), Lactation Consultant and more recently a Marriage and Family Therapist. As a direct service worker she identified a need that was not being met and through support, encouragement and training, twelve years later, Oshun Family Center was born.

Mission & Vision

Oshun Family Center is a registered nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status. Our mission at Oshun Family Center is to fight the stigma of mental health by providing culturally sensitive therapy services to women, children and families impacted by perinatal mood disorders (PMAD) in minority communities. In addition to focusing on Maternal Mental Health we work to reduce the Black Maternal Mortality rate in Philadelphia.

Our vision is to charge individuals, legislators, law makers, hospitals and the community to move from raising awareness to being actin oriented in regards to the Black Maternal Mortality rate. Help us provide appropriate services for families struggling with traumatic birth experiences and PMADs through psycho-education and therapeutic services catering to their individual needs. Oshun Family Center is working to become a full service facility for families to obtain information regarding maternal and child health and wellness.

Core Values

Community - Stay connected to the community in which our people are most impacted. Collaborate with health care providers, judicial servants and social services to assist in a continuum of care. We are a collectivistic tribe and alignment is essential to growth.

Integrity - Do what is right at all times, abide by ethical and moral standards. Uphold your own personal principles and stay true.

Nurturing - Create a safe space for individuals to feel vulnerable without the fear of judgement.

Creativity - Appreciate the creativity of the staff and clients in order to further their exploration into themselves and flourish by participating in crafts, dance, music or anything created by the person. Respect and uplift individuality within the construct of of the tribe.

Authenticity - Be your unapologetic authentic self! No filter, no mask…..Be YOU!

Saleemah McNeil, Reproductive Psychotherapist, facilitated a workshop for the community to engage with a Black Reproductive Psychotherapist and understand Maternal Mental Health and the impact of birth trauma.

*Statistic correction*44 women of color per 100,000 (not 1,000) are dying during and up to 1yr postpartum.