Studies show that perinatal care providers are committed to, and place a high value on, providing high-quality and equitable care to Black birthing women. Unfortunately, a large body of research shows a major gap between perinatal care providers' value on equitable care and Black birthing women's experiences and outcomes. This course addresses that gap. In addition to the core course, we provide supportive resources for organizational leaders, facilitators/trainers, and other change agents.
This course was developed to meet implicit bias training requirements of California Law SB464.
This course is split into 3 sections. Part 1 is approximately 30 minutes long. Parts 2 and 3, are approximately 15 minutes each.
*Black and other BIPOC providers, please see the message below the description.
Part 1 of the Dignity in Childbirth in Pregnancy eLearning Course empowers perinatal care providers with the knowledge and insight they need to close the gap; to align their values on high-quality, unbiased, equitable, and respectful care with the actual care that many Black birthing women receive.
You will follow the tragic story of Melissa, a Black mother, and gain knowledge and insight into:
Part 2 focuses on how racism in all of its forms impacts the care given to Black patients and strategies that work with our brains to interrupt racism in perinatal care.
Part 3 tells a story of a positive outcome for another Black birthing woman, Rose. It models what a positive and ongoing anti-racist healthcare practice might look like and how we might incorporate reproductive justice values into our care for Black birthing women and all birthing people. It also models and discusses how patient-centered care can help empower our patients and respect the fundamental dignity and autonomy of each of our patients. Part 3 leaves us with two more strategies for our practice and reviews the strategies introduced in Part 1 and 2.
*A note to learners who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or persons of color:
This course describes painful realities and experiences for Black birthing women. Thus, the course may have a different impact for you than for learners who start this eLearning without a negative birth experience, with no personal experiences of racism, and/ or with no experiences of discrimination more broadly. In addition, it may have a higher emotional cost if you relate to these characters on a personal level or identify in similar ways to them. We encourage you to take this eLearning at your own pace and to do whatever you need to process hearing about these adverse experiences and realities that may hit close to home. Nonetheless, it is our hope that by the end of our eLearning, you will also experience the inspiration and renewed motivation towards the change that so desperately needs to happen.
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