PTBi Welcomes New Babies!

We are thrilled to welcome three new babies to our PTBi family and two more on the way! Please consider supporting these powerful advocates and their work by donating to their fundraisers.

Brandi Gates-Burgess

Brandi and Shaun postpartum


Welcome, Baby Shaun Jr.!

About Brandi, PTBi Community Advisory Board member
Brandi is a graduate of California State University, Eastbay, a mother of four exclusively breastfed girls and a passionate breastfeeding advocate. She co-founded a community awareness advocacy group, The Breastfeeding MAFIA (Mother’s Against Feeding Infants Artificially). Currently, Brandi works for Highland Hospital, the West Oakland Health Council as the Breastfeeding Coordinator and Lactation Consultant for the WIC program and Health Center.  She is the creator and lead facilitator of the BreastFriends Mommy Group. Most recently, Brandi was awarded the Rising Star Award from the California Breastfeeding Coalition and the Black Girls Rock Award for her leadership in her community.


Breastfriends Mommy Group via Paypal @[email protected] 
Or give to Brandi's BabyList
Pictured: Brandi, her husband, Shaun and Baby Shaun Jr.


Julie Harris

Baby Kaori

Welcome, Baby Kaori!

About Julie, PTBi CAB member
Julie Harris is a native of San Francisco and is working as a Consultant on a recruitment project to increase Black / African descent families in available housing in the Bay Area. She has dedicated her work to improve the disparities impacting melanated and marginalized communities. Julie is a mother of three children. She has had women very close to her experience pre-term births, which has made it a cause she holds close to the chest. Julie would like saturation in awareness of PTB and increased knowledge of preconception health during her time on the CAB. 


MikaElla's North Hills Christian School Dance Fit
Pictured: Baby Kaori

TaNefer Camara

Tanefer Camara and her birthing team

Welcome, Baby Esangu!

About TaNefer, PTBi CAB member

T’Amentanefer  Lumukanda Camara-(TaNefer) was born and raised in Oakland, California. Her passion for activism and supporting women’s health began early on as a youth delegate to the United Nation’s Conference on Women held in Beijing China, 1995.  She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and health education and a Master in Healthcare Administration from CSU East Bay. TaNefer is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Certified Doula. She is also a mother of four. Tanefer is dedicated to improving maternal and child health outcomes, reducing birth disparities and increasing access to quality care for all. Tanefer hosts a virtual infant-toddler feeding and pregnancy support group called the Midnight Milk Club


Venmo- @TLCamara 
Or PayPal [email protected] 

Pictured: Tanefer, Baby Esangu, and Tanefer's birthing team, including fellow PTBi CAB member Linda Jones (second from left).

Breezy Powell

Breezy Powell pregnant

Congratulations, Breezy!

About Breezy, CAB member - expecting this fall
Breezy is a soft heart yet strong-minded leader, visionary, teacher and more. She is a Certified Massage Therapist, Doula and Dance instructor based in the Bay Area. She is currently the Administrative Assistant to PTBI's San Francisco Collective Impact partner, Expecting Justice. Her nurturing and vibrant energy inspires and opens people up to experience their own self love, joy and healing like no other.


Support Breezy's homebirth experience!
Pictured: Breezy Powell

Loren Newman

Loren Newman and her partner reggie at their baby shower

Congratulations, Loren!

About Loren, PTBi graphic designer - expecting this fall
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Loren Newman is the Graphic Designer for PTBi. She began her art journey at The Art Institute of Houston in 2011, after a move to Texas with her family.  True to her Bay Area roots she moved back to California after receiving her bachelors degree in 2015. She did not return alone, her furry sidekick Coco came along for the ride. Upon her return to California, Loren found a love designing for non-profit organizations. More specifically non-profit organizations that support reproductive justice and help Black and Brown women in her community. Oakland is rich with art and culture, Loren is happy to call it her home and design hub.


Support Loren's homebirth experience!
Pictured: Loren and her partner, Reggie