About Us

Richmond Parents of Preemies Connect, Facilitator

Jacqueline Sears, MPH, CPH, CBS has given birth early twice—her son Merritt was born at 33 weeks and her daughter Winslet was born at 25 weeks. A former science policy analyst Jacqueline has degrees in biomedical engineering and public health, and she previously worked in Richmond as a professional birth doula and childbirth educator. Her current passion project lives at the intersection of mothering redefined, public health, and empowered parenting in preterm birth, the NICU, and beyond. Jacqueline is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, Hand to Hold peer-to-peer Mentor, and has training in perinatal mood disorders and social support. With special interest and personal experience with attachment and breastfeeding in the NICU she brings passion, bold ideas, and evidence-based information to give back the power to parents with informed choice and support in their unique NICU parenting journeys. She is also the founder and content creator at Empowered NICU Parenting.

Richmond Parents of Preemies Connect, Co-facilitator

Tracey Wingold, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and owner of Tracey Wingold, LCSW, LLC. She has been providing clinical services in a variety of settings in Richmond for over 20 years. She is a mother to three busy school-aged kiddos. Her professional experience has led her into schools, healthcare and mental health settings, nonprofit organizations, and adjunct instructing in the VCU School of Social Work. Of particular interest to her is the emotional journey of mothers through pre-conception, pregnancy, and early parenting, as this is often an equally joyful and challenging time for most women. In addition to being a trained and experienced pregnancy and postpartum counselor, she also supports individual adults struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and life transitions in her online counseling practice. Tracey is a seasoned trainer, having led training sessions throughout Virginia on topics related to Mental Health; Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT); and Intimate Partner Violence for a variety of audiences including healthcare providers, social workers, and early childhood home visitors.