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Webinars to Focus on Birth Trauma and Racial Bias in Maternity Care

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As part of its Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) will host a free webinar from noon to 1 p.m. (PT) on April 15 on childbirth-related post traumatic stress disorder.  

Presenter Walker Ladd, PhD will discuss risk factors and sequelae of birth trauma, its impact on perinatal mental health, and new ways to implement trauma-informed care with the perinatal population.  

A related webinar on alleviating racial bias in maternity care will also be held on April 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. (PT). The complimentary webinar will discuss a free e-learning course for perinatal staff and providers developed by Diversity Science and funded by the California Health Care Foundation. The full course will be released and available on the day of the webinar. The course aligns with legislative requirements for hospitals to train their perinatal staff and providers on implicit bias, as specified by Senate Bill 464 (Mitchell). 

The PMH Learning Community is HQI’s two-year program aimed at strengthening approaches to mental health during the perinatal period. For more information about the PMH Learning Community, visit the program website or contact Julia Slininger, RN, BS, CPHQ, at