PAC/LAC Webinar: Birth Companions

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Please join us as our speaker Carla Clark will discuss the role of doulas and how they impact birth outcomes. 

This presentation is eligible for continuing education for nurses and health educators.

After the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Name at least three ways in which doulas can support a mother before, during, and after birth.
  2. Name at least two challenges doulas face and ways in which they can assist doulas overcoming within their practice.
  3. Identify one area in their programs in which support for pregnant women by a doula can be provided. Attendees will understand the disparity in childbirth for African American women and why.

NIHCM Webinar: Systemic Racism, Disparities and Health: The Impact of COVID-19 on Latino Health

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Systemic Racism, Disparities and Health: The Impact of COVID-19 on Latino Health

Date and Time

September 23, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 PM ET


Lisa Cacari Stone
University of New Mexico

Jane Delgado
National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Juan Chaluja
Florida Blue

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Systemic Racism Webinar Latino health

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the synergistic effects of systemic racism, combined with other factors, on the health of Latinos in the United States. Long-standing and ongoing social and economic inequities–including health literacy barriers, disproportionate employment as essential workers and limited access to employment and insurance benefits–leave Latinos at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and having more severe cases of the disease. Latinos account for a disproportionate number of cases, are over 4 times as likely to be hospitalized than White Americans, and their share of COVID-19 related deaths is increasing.

This webinar will highlight effective strategies to address the negative impact that systemic racism, the challenges of immigration, language barriers and other factors have on the health and well-being of Latinos. Experts will share actionable, solutions-based approaches that can make a difference at the state and community level, including:

  • An overview of the health equity challenges and disparities impacting immigrant, border and Latino communities in the U.S. and increasing their risk of COVID-19
  • Grassroots and community efforts and effective methods of supporting uninsured Latino populations, including challenges around mental health and access to care
  • A health plan partnership to improve care delivery and their commitment to addressing health access and literacy among Florida’s Latino communities through community workers and outreach

draft agenda is available on our website.

Check out the first webinar in this series, Systemic Racism and Health: Solutions, Making Change Happen, and the accompanying infographic.

ACOG Town Hall: The Trauma of Racism in Maternal Health and Health Care

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ACOG District IX

Join Us For Our Next Town Hall: The Trauma of Racism in Maternal Health and Health Care

Dear colleagues,

Please join us for our next ACOG town hall, titled The Trauma of Racism in Maternal Health and Health Care, sponsored by District IX Section 1, on Monday, September 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. PT.

Our guest speaker is Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD, a board-certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in perinatal mental health.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the psychological and physical impact of racism on women of color 
  • Identify why and how racism causes trauma in communities of color
  • Identify systemic and structural racism that leads to disparities in maternal mental health outcomes
  • Discuss barriers to care for women of color
  • Understand the steps required to become an anti-racist organization

CPQCC & CMQCC Webinar: Supporting Your Perinatal Units During COVID-19: Breastfeeding Guidance

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Please join CPQCC and CMQCC on Thursday, September 10th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM PDT for the sixth webinar in our COVID-19 series.

The webinar will begin with a brief snapshot of the current state of COVID-19 in California. Susan Crowe, MD will review the evolving professional organization guidance on breastfeeding throughout the pandemic, including the latest guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and discuss ways in which perinatal practices can support breastfeeding during this challenging time. The remainder of the webinar will be devoted to a Q&A.

Maternal Mental Health Now Webinar: Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Perinatal Mental Health

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This webinar will focus on somatic interventions for trauma-informed Perinatal Mental Health. The perinatal period brings particular risks for trauma as well as challenges for self-regulation. We will explore the connections between trauma, self-regulation, and how to work with the particular conditions of the perinatal period. Common somatic and self-regulation symptoms of trauma will be reviewed with a focus on how to develop trauma-informed psychoeducation.

Dr. Vissing is a Licensed Psychologist certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) in private practice in Westwood, Los Angeles. She practices trauma-informed somatic psychotherapy, teaches at Antioch and Reiss-Davis Graduate School, and provides trainings and consultations for providers as Training Faculty for Maternal Mental Health NOW.

Dr. Alyssa Berlin is a clinical psychologist specializing in pregnancy, postpartum, parenting and trauma. She is trained in EMDR and Somatic Experiencing, a certified Gottman educator, serves as a labor support doula, and created The AfterBirth Plan Workshop. Dr. Alyssa is on the Board of Advisors for the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and is a faculty member of Maternal Mental Health NOW Training institute. You can read Dr. Alyssa’s blogs on the Huffington Post where she contributes to PBS’s ‘This Emotional Life” project.

Objectives for this webinar:

1. Identify and describe somatic symptoms of trauma in the Perinatal Period in ways that can be used for trauma-informed psychoeducation for new parents. 2. Explain the importance of self-regulation skills for trauma healing and the particular challenges of self-regulation in the perinatal period. 3. Describe 3 main tenets of trauma-informed somatic interventions for Perinatal Mental Health