Boss Mom Spotlight – Courtney Stallworth
We want you to meet Courtney Stallworth
Courtney is the founder of The Equipped Mama LLC, has guided 100+ women of color to be able to show up as the LEADER of their birth experience and breastfeeding journey through her membership program to The Melanated Milkies Club™️.
She herself is a first generation home-birth & breastfeeding mother X 2 and is passionate about changing the narrative when it comes to women of color’s birth outcomes and lactation success. Through her personal and professional experience as a Maternal-Newborn Registered Nurse, she has created the S.W.I.F.T Birth Method™ & Flip-N-Roll Deep Latch Technique™ which she teaches through her coaching within The Melanated Milkies Cub™
Through Courtney’s programs she has been able to cultivate a Tribe of women who create life through their bloodline, and LEGACY through their “Breastline”; because THAT is an Equipped Mama!
Share a bit about your Boss Mom journey:
I’ve practiced as a Maternal-Newborn RN for 8 years and continued to see a trend of unfavorable outcomes for birthing women of color, and a lack of support & knowledge when it came to breastfeeding. Being a bedside nurse in the hospital did not allow me to truly HELP those women, because by the time a woman goes into labor or has their baby the time for knowledge & empowerment is (in a sense) too late! They’re already starting out behind the ball, and it’s definitely very clear if we simply look at the statistics that show that black women are dying 3-12 times more often than white women, and only 24% of black women are able to breastfeed beyond their babies 4th week of life.
Once covid hit and things became EVEN worse, I was tired of feeling so emotionally drained from working in the hospital and watching these things happen time and time again; especially because it was very much so preventable!
Really, The Equipped Mama has evolved into a wayyyyy larger business with an even larger impact than I ever envisioned. What started as a small childbirth education class with in-home breastfeeding counseling, to now being an amazing virtual membership program that equips women of color with knowledge to become the leaders of their birth, preparation for a successful breastfeeding journey, and ongoing expert + community support every step of the way for an entire year!
Through my membership program, The Melanated Milkies Club, I’ve been able to coach women of color all across the U.S. to change the narrative and achieve the birth and breastfeeding story of their dreams. I’m blessed to call this my “work”!
What makes you excited about becoming a Boss Mom of the Week?
Feels nice to have a virtual pat on the back, for putting in ALL this work I’ve been doing “behind the scenes”! Ha!
One piece of advice for moms who are starting a business
Systemize, Systemize , Systemize, and make connections with women that are 2-3 steps ahead of you. Networking has been so instrumental
Where do you go for inspiration?
Facebook mommy groups and IG
What are you currently reading or listening to (podcasts, books, blogs etc)?
my favorite podcast is “Social Proof”
I want to live in a world where…
There is no fear or doubts in our melanated maternal bodies.
This is what I know to be true…
knowledge, preparation, and support are the pillars of success.
One thing you can’t live without…
The family God’s blessed me with.
What is the big milestone that you are hitting that you are celebrating?
I just celebrated my ONE year in business this month!
Get to know Courtney’s work:
Check out The Melanated Milkies Club Membership
Follow Courtney on Instagram