Teneele Bailey is a south Jersey girl, living and working in a Maryland world as a maternal health professional who is dedicated to eliminating maternal and child health disparities experienced by Black women, children, and families. Currently, she serves as Maternal Health Coordinator with Baltimore Healthy Start and project team member of the Baltimore Safer Childbirth Cities Initiative, funded by Merck for Mothers. Teneele received her graduate degree in Biomedical Science from Rowan University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Individualized Studies in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Teneele’s work is currently concentrated on decreasing incidences of both maternal and infant morbidity & mortality and the impact they have on African American women and families- in the state of Maryland, specifically, and in the United States. Teneele aspires to have a meaningful impact on marginalized communities, from birth to adulthood. She is a Biologist, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, Birth Doula, Yoga Instructor, and Herbalist, and has assisted with 20+ births. She also works and serves with organizations that center community health, birth equity, Black maternal health, and health policy, such as the National Association to Advance Black Birth (NAABB) and the Reproductive Health Equity Alliance of Maryland (RHEAM). Teneele endeavors to use education, storytelling for change, and empowerment to amplify the voices and experiences of Black birthing people.