Prince Life Celebration and Tribute-Memphis
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Prince Life Celebration and Tribute-Memphis



Presented by - #Savemusic4kids Campaign/ Appleseeds, Inc.
Join us in paying Tribute to a Prince 
   -   July 8th 2016-Memphis          

APPLESEEDS, INC.

Love          *           Educate          * Nuture          *          Restore


Tenikki Sesley

Chief Executive Director

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM 


Apple Seeds, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers mothers and families education, support, and objective nurturing guidance in a community based setting. Having a baby is tough physically and mentally for mothers of all ages before and after birth. With professional, objective, and caring help, mothers can become knowledgeable of her and baby’s needs and cope with the realities of parenthood. 

Our Programs

Description 

Apple Seeds, Inc. equips and supports mothers through these four 

Program Areas:


  1. Project HOPE (Healthy Opportunities through Partnering and Education)
  • Support Groups and Training for teenage and young single mothers that will focus on: Life Skills, Newborn Care, Nutrition and baby feeding, Body Care and Recovery, Self-Advocacy, Social Skills, Healthy Relationships, Communication, and Decision Making. 

2. Therapeutic Services for pregnant and postpartum women with the following concerns:
  • Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Perinatal (pregnancy) Mood Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Birth Trauma
  • General adjustment issues 

3. Prenatal and Postpartum Education Classes
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Breastfeeding
  • Newborn Care
  • Postpartum Planning
  • Postpartum Recovery

4.Community Based Support Groups that will focus on immediate concerns of moms (pregnancy-third trimester, 0-3 months, 3-6 months) and emerging themes, such as:.

  • Breastfeeding
  • Birth Trauma Group
  • Grief and Loss
  • Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorder
  • Mom’s Group

Origin of Apple Seeds, Inc.


Apple Seeds, Inc. was birthed during the years of working with the TN Department of Children’s Services and the many cases involving teen mothers and their families. Research began (2009) with the Center for Urban Child Policy and its reports of Shelby County-TN having 15% of newborns being born to teen mothers. It was noted that this percentage was higher than the national average of 11% and 50% higher than our state’s 2nd largest metropolitan area (Davidson County). My heart grieved that these children were being born into poverty and then faced additional hardships. Also, the mothers of these children were more likely to end up on welfare, have more children, drop out of high school, and received no prenatal care. After consideration of the relevant factors and problems that exist, the decision was made to form a nonprofit that would educate, support, and guide these mothers and their families. My added affection for educating and supporting all mothers before, during, and after pregnancy led to exploring Postpartum Depression (PPD)in mothers and taking a special interest in the urban, low-income, and African American communities, which compelled me to become a CAPPA trained postpartum doula (2015).

In 2014, I realized and believed that Apple Seeds, Inc. was not a one sided organization but had many dimensions that could benefit ALL MOTHERS. During this time of restructuring and exploring, I reconnected with a colleague (Beth Shelton, LMSW, CPD) who had many years of experience working in the mental health field and had received specialized training in postpartum mood disorders. Beth was in the trenches and diligently supporting families who were struggling with PPD. The connection with Beth allowed Apple Seeds, Inc. to become multidimensional. Apple Seeds, Inc. would no longer just focus on young mothers in low income communities but take on an inclusive mission to improve and offer (all) mothers and families, education, support, and objective nurturing guidance in a community based setting. We fully understand having a baby is tough physically and mentally for mothers of all ages before and after birth. We know through research and positive outcomes the benefits of having professional, objective, and caring help that ALL mothers can become knowledgeable of her and baby’s needs and cope with the realities of parenthood. There is no way to know how may “apples” are in a “seed” until the seed is planted, supported, loved, educated, nurtured, and restored. We are committed and will….. “plant the seed”!!!