Racial Disparities, Diversity and Inclusion

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Dr. Sayida Peprah, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and trained birth doula. She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health. Dr. Sayida has a multi- faced career as a psychologist having worked in community based, in-home, psychiatric hospital, correctional and private practice settings. She is also a trainer and consultant on topics of cultural humility, implicit bias and trauma as they impact mental and maternal health.

Dr. Sayida is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc.

Strengthening Cultural Humility Dismantling Implicit Bias for Birth Professionals

Studies have identified implicit bias and lack of culturally appropriate care as a contributor to maternal health disparities among marginalized and minority communities.

Mitigating implicit bias among providers has been identified as a strategy to improve client/patient-provider communication and service/treatment decisions, contributing to improved quality of care and outcomes.

Participants will have the opportunity to broaden their awareness of their personal cultural script and implicit biases (subtle, unconscious assumptions about others). Participants will also be equipped with tools to engage with pregnant, birthing and postpartum clients with increased cultural sensitivity and humility.

Contact Hour: 1.0

Rachel Hess, MS

Rachel Hess is a CAPPA Trained Postpartum Doula deeply committed to improving the lives of children and families in the greater Boston area. She works individually with new families, leads parent support groups, and is an experienced trainer and facilitator within the perinatal community.

She has presented on the topic of supporting LGBQ/T families for the Partners in Perinatal Health Conference, the Boston Association of Childbirth Educators, and Postpartum Support International. Her article “Supporting LGBTQ Families: Tips for Doulas” is available in the collection Round the Circle. Previous work includes supporting new families at Isis Parenting and Mama and Me. Rachel holds an MS from Wheelock College and a BA from Oberlin College.

She lives in Jamaica Plain with her wife and two children.

Supporting LGBQ/T Families: Understanding Identity in the Perinatal Period

During this talk, Rachel will explore barriers to care that LGBQ/T families face and ways participants can provide anti-oppressive care. We will discuss implicit biases as well as the layers of oppression that families encounter when accessing services. Participants will be challenged to think about the ways in which they present their services, structure their spaces, promote themselves and how to move beyond a rainbow sticker and work towards cultural humility.

At the end of this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify their implicit biases
  • Learn about LGBQ/T terms and identities
  • Examine structural oppression and power and how it impacts marginalized families

Contact Hour: 1.0

Jenna Brown, Love Over Fear Wellness and Birth, LLC

Jenna Brown (they/he) is a transmasculine non-binary queer-and-trans-centered full-spectrum doula and educator currently living and practicing in Austin, Texas, USA. In addition to working with clients one-on-one through their family-building and reproductive health experiences, they work as an instructor for Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings, and create content and resources for queer people and families, including “Queer + Pregnant: A Pregnancy Journal,” and a functional movement video series called, “Breathe Easy,” as well as community peer-support spaces, and practical tools for navigating healthcare systems.

Towards their ultimate goal of a more understanding and affirming world for queer and trans people, they are also a guest lecturer, advocate, and consultant in a variety of training programs, institutions, and professional settings.

Instinct, Autonomy, and Assumption: Considerations for Queer Competent CBE

So often in childbirth education courses, participants are encouraged to trust their instinct. They are told to trust their bodies and their babies. There is an emphasis on leaning into “maternal intuition.” These narratives neglect to account for the experiences of many queer pregnant and birthing people who experience some level ongoing dysphoria related to their body and/or identities. And yet, at the same time,for many people, at the heart of queer identity is a deeply integrated understanding of self-determination and bodily autonomy.

This session will identify and explore some of the nuanced considerations for teaching childbirth education to queer and trans pregnant people, and challenge some of the most common assumptions made about the needs of LGBT+ pregnant people.

After attending this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the terms “self-determination” and “bodily autonomy” and how they are related to queer experience
  • Understand both gender and body dysphorias and how they may impact pregnant people of all gender and sexual identities
  • Recognize where some of the philosophies that inform their work as childbirth educators may be at odds with the experiences of queer individuals
  • Utilize suggestions to adapt their practices and/or expand their referral networks to better meet the needs of students for whom they may not be the best fit

Contact Hour: 1

Felisha Floyd BS, CLC, IBCLC

Felisha Floyd, author, speaker, trainer, and consultant, is an award winning hospital-based IBCLC celebrated for her work in the health/racial equity and food justice fields. She is the owner of Beyond Breastfeeding and the Co-founder of Our Brown Baby. She serves as the President of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC) and is an active member of the CSI/Race Forward First Food Racial Equity Cohort.

Her career as a peer counselor and breastfeeding coordinator for WIC led to her work as a consultant with Boston Medical College’s notable program, Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices program (CHAMPS). She still consults for WIC within the WIC Loving Support Program. She is well known as the social media guru who founded Blactavist, an online breastfeeding cultural support group with a continually growing audience of more than 43,000.

Felisha’s passion for advocacy fuels her desire to serve in multiple roles such as the advisor/group member of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTI), the Education Director for Mom2Mom Global/Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, the Immediate Past Advocacy Chair for Florida State Breastfeeding Coalition, and former Board secretary for United States Breastfeeding Committee.

Her championing of families is additionally informed by her important roles as an Air Force active duty military spouse and proud mom of three breastfed children.

Transforming Cultural Competency to Cultural Humility

Come on, we’ve all attended a mandatory cultural competence training and afterwards got a certificate of completion that we wore as a certified badge of honor. If you haven’t noticed by now, this approach is not effective nor is it practical. When we think of what it takes to really center cultural sensitivity, we must have an approach with a lifelong lens of understating and practicing cultural humility. Recognizing, and affirming the importance of cultural humility in society is essential. In fact, many folks refer to this journey to understanding race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality as a marathon. However, there is often discomfort or even an internal struggle to address cultural issues in practice. At times this barrier is often unintentionally rooted in bias, unfamiliarly, fear of giving offense, or because cultural differences or similarities can make it challenging to serve families objectively.

In this discussion we will explore practical strategies that build power into one’s ability to recognize, acknowledge, and engage with the womb carrying folks across cultures. We will also examine how to acknowledge limitations and view them as opportunities for deeper reflection and growth.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Name two ways to demonstrate empathy
  • Explain why cultural humility is important
  • Describe what influences and impacts one’s cultural

Contact Hour: 1