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Friday Media Roundtable: Desantis in Jacksonville; backlash against Ju’Coby Pittman; The Motherhood Space

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, at a news conference in Jacksonville.
Will Brown
Jacksonville Today
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, at a news conference in Jacksonville.

It’s Friday on the First Coast, and we’ve rounded up the biggest news of the week to discuss with local media pundits. These stories include the governor’s news conference Thursday in Jacksonville, Ju’coby Pittman’s recent public appearances, a City Council vote on Randy DeFoor as general counsel, and the fate of the new congressional redistricting plan.

Joining us are Jacksonville Today reporter Casmira Harrison; Charles Griggs, CEO of Eighth & Whitner Group; Ben Becker, investigative reporter for Action News Jax; and David Bauerline from the Florida Time-Union.

The Motherhood Space

Baptist Health has launched The Motherhood Space, a new program designed to help mothers during pregnancy and postpartum. The program aims to support moms experiencing maternal mental health challenges.

Dr. Jill Garret, founding psychologist of The Motherhood Space at Baptist Medical Center. and Dr. Terrie Andrews, vice president of behavioral health and director of clinical training at Baptist, have more details.

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Stacey Bennett is the producer of "First Coast Connect" and "What's Health Got to Do With It?" She is a Jacksonville-based singer-songwriter who performs under the nom de plume Folk is People. Stacey holds bachelor's degrees in both political science and psychology from the University of North Florida and a master's in business administration from Saint Leo University.