Research and resources for perinatal professionals.
January 18, 2023 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
Podcasts hosted by Black and Brown perinatal professionals are able to speak to the experiences, circumstances and challenges faced by families of color who are welcoming babies into their lives. Black and Brown families are disproportionately impacted by higher maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity rates. These adverse outcomes are a result of systemic racism, medical racism and a lack of health care providers who share the culture and identity of the people they are caring for.
April 27, 2021 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
As maternal-infant health professionals, we must identify our own biases and the oppressive policies and systems in the environments and institutions that we work and practice in. I would like to recommend a very engaging and thorough free online Diversity Science course developed by Diversity Science titled ‘Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Project.” I recently had the opportunity to work through the three modules that make up the course and found it to be a well organized, thoughtful, and effective presentation that invited me to consider my beliefs and behavior. This work and course development is led by Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, and Diversity Science, and is funded by the California Health Care Foundation in response to strong evidence of racial inequalities in perinatal care and outcomes.
June 23, 2020 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
Your choice of language is always important, particularly if you are an ally and anti-racist. As a perinatal professional, the words you use; written, spoken, in videos and more, can further support racism or work towards dismantling it. Here are five critical changes that you can make to your language that really matter as you do the work necessary to be an anti-racist. I am working hard to make sure my language is respectful and accurate. I continue to learn how to be a better anti-racist every day. It is critical that you do the same.
December 10, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
Lamaze International has invited the amazing Natalie S. Burke, President and CEO of CommonHealth ACTION to host a webinar available to any interested participant titled “From Intentions to Impact: When Being an “Ally” is Not Nearly Enough.” This 75-minute webinar is scheduled for Thursday, December 12, 2:00 PM ET. Participants will receive a 1.0 Lamaze Contact Hour. The webinar will also be available in recorded form after the live event.
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