This session will explain how perinatal health disparities (PHD) disproportionately impact birth outcomes for black women, and harms other populations including people of color, those who identify as LGBTQ, undocumented people, disabled individuals, etc. The workshop will focus on understanding the historical context of systemic racism that leads to PHD as well as how health care provider bias, societal prejudice and discriminatory practices affect the physical and psychosocial well being of marginalized communities. Participants will learn the social determinants of PHD, better understand the cultural nuances of pregnancy, birth, postpartum care, infant and child health, and breastfeeding and how childbirth educators and birth advocates can work towards undoing racism, developing more culturally relevant practices and eliminating perinatal and birth injustice.
Safe, affordable, accessible menstrual products, is that so much to ask for? In her book Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf tackles a taboo subject head-on: the tampon tax and other menstrual inequalities. Join her, along with author of Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and SickMaya Dusenbery, award-winning journalist Kimberly Seals Allers, and Sophie Houser who co-created the video game Tampon Run at the age of 17, for the kind of discussion that would have made your great-grandmother blush.
Hear Kimberly at the Racialized Maternal Health Conference:
This conference brings together clinicians, students, community members, policy makers, and researchers, for discussions on racialized maternal health. The theme of this year’s conference is: Politics of the Black Pregnant Body. Registration for the conference will begin at 8am, and the conference itself will occur from 9am to 5pm. Through talks, panel discussions, and poster presentations, this conference aims to educate, inspire dialogue, and create opportunities for networking and change within the Canadian maternal health system. Tickets to this conference will be made available starting: December 1st, 2018. A Certificate of Attendance will also be provided to attendees after the conference.