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Desirée Israel

Birthing While Black: The Impact of Racial Trauma and Perinatal Outcomes

  • Speaker: Desirée Israel , LGSW
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU

African-American mothers experience birth and perinatal complications at a disproportionate rate. Thirty-eight percent of new mothers of color experience perinatal emotional complications like depression and anxiety. Women of color experience these complications at twice the rate of white women. Sixty percent of women of color do not receive treatment or support services for perinatal emotional complications. Reasons for this include lack of insurance coverage, social and cultural stigma, logistical barriers to services and lack of culturally appropriate care. This presentation will give a brief overview of racial trauma and its effects on perinatal outcomes for mothers of color, specifically African-American mothers, a template for a trauma-informed approach and examples of trauma-informed models of care to prevent negative outcomes.