Empowering Effective Healthcare Decisions

Monday, August 24, 2020 
Free Virtual Program
Watch a recording of this year’s event below: 

Overwhelmed? Does the pandemic have you feeling excessively tired, foggy or under mental strain? You may be experiencing “emotional labor,” a phenomenon that involves the exertion of energy for the purpose of addressing other people’s feelings, trying to make them feel comfortable, or seeking to live up to social expectations. Please watch the above recording of this year’s virtual panel of Nantucket speakers which included presentations and a Q&A on what emotional labor is, how to recognize it, and resources to help during these challenging times.


  • Sarah Munsen, “Women and Emotional Labor in the Pandemic Age | Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s Social Services Manager
  • Lera Keller, “Preventing Emotional Labor Burnout in Mothers through Support Building and Childbirth Preparation” | Doula & Educator at Lera Keller Reproductive Journey Support
  • Charity Grace Mofsen, “A Moment to a Movement: Sustaining the Emotional Labor” | Community Advocate and DEI Consultant

Donate: This event is a labor of love, and if you’d like to support the educational work of Women+Wellness going forward, please click here to donate to NCH

Contact Us: For questions about Women+Wellness, please contact the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Foundation at 508-825-8250. 

History of Women+Wellness: Our annual Women+Wellness event was founded in 2017 by three dedicated Nantucket Cottage Hospital volunteers, Meryl Bralower, Melanie Sabelhaus and Jeanine Borthwick. Their goal was to lead an effort to empower women on Nantucket — both residents and visitors — to take charge of and advocate for their own healthcare. As women make 80% of the healthcare decisions in this country for themselves and their family members, W+W is an education-focused program to help women make the best decisions they can. A secondary goal is to educate the community about the resources available at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and its affiliation with the Mass General Brigham healthcare system.


Malissa Wood, MD;
“Women’s Heart Health and How to Get It”

Jan Leslie Shifrin, MD
“Optimizing Intimacy”

John Denninger, MD, PhD
“The Resilient Woman…Through Mindfulness and Meditation"