Conference April 12, 2019

Building Bridges: Moving From The Past Into Our Future

Holistically, we know that to provide care we must look at the whole person. This includes their past, their culture, the systems around them. It is more and more important that care providers for birthing people, especially those of People of Color understand trans-generational traumas and how the childbearing year is affected. Most importantly, we must understand our own role as part of the system involved in these traumas and how to make positive and effective changes to offer care that moves understands, does not add to, and hopefully helps heal past traumas.

We are proud that our final conference will be focusing on trans-generational traumas of African American women during the childbearing year and how we, as birth professionals, can work together, cross racially and cross culturally to make lasting and positive changes.

Deepen your skills of working with people that look different than you. Walk away knowing better how to be an ally, when sit and listen, and when to speak up.

WARNING: You must be ready to pull your sleeves up at this conference. You WILL be pushed out of your comfort zone, AND you will walk away with growth. This will be a safe place. A safe experience to learn, to grow.***



This regional conference WILL SELL OUT!


Our presentations and speakers this year include:

Trans-generational Trauma and Resiliency, Transcending a Legacy of Disparities in the US Maternal Healthcare System


Dr. Sayida Peprah African American maternal health trangenerational traumaDr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and trained birth doula.  She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health.  Dr. Sayida has a multi-faced career as a supervisory-level Clincal Psychologist, Professor of Psychology for the University of Phoenix and a presenter and consultant on topics of cultural diversity/humility, mental and maternal mental health.

Dr. Sayida’s work in maternal health includes instructing and consulting for The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, teaching cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication and perinatal mood disorder content for the organization’s trainings.  Dr. Sayida is also an active member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective, promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform birthing experiences of women of color.  Dr. Sayida also recently served on the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, Maternal Suicide Review Committee, working with other health care providers and researchers to identify key factors in preventing maternal suicide.


Afternoon Session: Building the Bridge:

The afternoon session will be presented by Dr. Peprah and her colleague, Cordelia Hanna (bio below). This session will include dialogue about their working relationship as an African-American woman and a white woman, the growth, missteps and lessons they’ve learned.

You will also be led through exercises on making changes in yourself and your work place to support People of Color.

Cordelia Hanna

Cordelia S. Hanna, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA is the Founder and Executive Director of The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health (AWMNH), a multicultural, community-based non-profit training and advocacy organization located in Los Angeles, California. The organization’s mission is to increase access, awareness and availability of MotherBaby-Friendly Maternity Care. AWMNH focuses on the intersection of public health and midwifery to address perinatal health disparities and to engender a more equitable maternity care system for all women and persons and their infants, working for Social Justice in Maternal and Infant Health.

The organization convenes perinatal professionals to work on quality improvement in maternity care and provides training and technical support for maternity care providers.  AWMNH hosts an annual Birthing Justice Forum and Maternal-Child Health Advocate Awards Ceremony, collaborating with Human Rights in Childbirth and Black Women Birthing Justice.  For four years we have worked with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation in Los Angeles providing our Perinatal Support Specialist Training and Certification for Latino and African-American Community Health Promoters.

Cordelia is also Program Director of The Health Net Community Doula Program in Los Angeles County, which seeks to improve birth outcomes for African-American/Black clients enrolled in Health Net’s Medi-Cal program.

Cordelia worked for a decade at the Pasadena, California Public Health Department on the Black Infant Health Program, a program funded by The California Department of Public Health whose goal is to reduce African-American/Black perinatal health disparities. While working there as a Health Educator, she initiated and managed a volunteer Community-Based Doula program and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, developed a childbirth education curriculum and taught childbirth education classes, answering an unmet need for Pasadena’s Medi-Cal population .  





Registration: $95

Scholarship: $45

April 12, 2019

8am-5pm (arrival time 7:30am)

Tuality Health Center

334  SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro, OR

*please note your registration tickets list the Hospital, the Health Education Center is across the street.


**Note to People of Color, our presenters are highly skilled at leading this conversation in a way that means you will not be sitting in a room holding white people’s feelings. This is highly important to us!