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Trauma During Gestation, Birth, and Postpartum: Effect on Maternal Mental Health
and Wellbeing of the Mother-Baby Dyad
This presentation explores the intergenerational transmission of trauma, including the mother’s early experiences and experience of prenate during gestation, traumatic childbirth in the modern medicalized system and its impact on maternal mental health and parent-child relationships, and examine the crucial nature of the parent-child relationship as the basis for psychosocial wellbeing. Presenter: Carolyn Flynn MA, LAC is Director of the START Program and an Early Relational Health Clinician at the Center for Great Expectations. As a senior trainer at the CTARI Institute, she has presented both locally and internationally on topics including early relational health, traumatic childbirth, and intergenerational trauma. Carolyn is rostered in Child-Parent Psychotherapy and currently a fellow in the UMASS Infant-Parent Mental Health post-graduate certificate program. This session was recorded on June 16, 2021.
Perinatal Mental Health & Trauma in the Latinx Community
A professional education session by Adriana Alejandre, LMFT focused on trauma-informed care from a mental health perspective when working with birthing people within the Latinx community. In this hour session, we discuss the impact on perinatal mental health as it relates to culture, barriers, and history of the medical model that validates fear by the community. Also, we talk about strategies and tools, along with a Q&A. This session was recorded on May 19, 2021.
Addressing Mental Health Problems of Asian American Young Women
This informative presentation by Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm explores depression and suicide-related behaviors amount Asian American young women. Dr. Hahm outlines the risk factors, share the theoretical underpinning of these issues, and highlight evidence-based interventions to treat mental health problems among Asian American women. This session was recorded on May 12, 2021.
Preserving Maternal Mental Health in Black Mothers: Bridging the Gap Between Patients and Providers
Hosted by our Perinatal Mood Disorders Initiative, this expert panel highlights the Black mothers’ unique challenges and fears, and outlines ways that providers can create a safe treatment environment. This session was recorded on September 23, 32020. CEU’s are not available for this session.
Mom’s the Word: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of Perinatal Mental Health Disorders
Carly Snyder, MD, Reproductive Psychiatrist and Director of Women’s Health for Family Health Associates, provides an overview of perinatal depression and anxiety, with a focus on assessment. Discussion involves risks of untreated maternal mental illness to mom and her fetus and potential risks to a fetus from exposure to medications, with a brief discussion of medication choices. The final section includes case studies as a review. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to supporting perinatal patients with depression and/or anxiety and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on May 28, 2020.
Postpartum OCD: Making Sense of Scary Thoughts
Presented by Zachary P. Infantolino, Ph.D., Psychologist at Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, this session focuses on the prevalence of postpartum OCD, the forms that it can take, and what can be done to reduce OCD symptoms. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to supporting postpartum women with OCD and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on May 21, 2020.
Concerning Dads: Postpartum Depression in Fathers
Presented by David Levine, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician at Summit Medical Group, this session focuses on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders in fathers. The speaker discusses the presentation of postpartum illness in men, treatment and misconceptions. Dr. Levine shares his own personal experience with postpartum depression. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to postpartum mood and anxiety disorders in fathers and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on May 14, 2020.
Mental Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum During COVID-19: Clinical Tips and Strategies for Helping Your Patients Manage Anxiety
Presented by Pooja Lakshmin, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. This webinar covers strategies and tools that healthcare providers can use to support pregnant and postpartum women who are struggling with increase anxiety during COVD-19. Dr. Lakshmin shares interventions from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to manage ruminative thoughts, as well as information on how to guide patients through decision making with limited information using the risk/risk framework, help patients cope with grief, and work with patients to identify their coping skills. She provides a brief overview of the signs and symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This session was recorded on May 7, 2020.
Cannabis Use with New Parents and Breastfeeding
Presenter: Dr. Damali Campbell is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Addiction Medicine. Her special interests include advancing health education for women, promoting and supporting breastfeeding, and addressing social determinants of health to improve outcomes. Dr. Campbell currently works at University Hospital in Newark, NJ, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She is also the Medical Director for the New Jersey Department of Health- Maternal Care Quality Collaborative. This session was recorded on June 3, 2021.
Identifying Codependent Relationships: Assessment and Intervention
This professional education program, presented by our Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project, highlights the signs of codependency, assessment, and tools for recovery that nurses, physicians, and other community healthcare providers can use in their practice. This webinar was recorded on February 18, 2021.
FASD Throughout the Lifespan: Providing the Best Care and Support
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder advocate Frances McLean joins Yisel Alaoui, Community Education Coordinator for the Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project, to discuss her personal experience living with FASD. Ms. McLean discusses her diagnosis, challenges, and information on how health care professionals can provide support. Resources are also shared. This webinar was recorded on September 22, 2020.
Opioids, Addiction, and Alternatives
Presented by Judith King, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, CPAS, FASD Educator, Perinatal Addictions Prevention Specialist,
Manager, Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project, Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. This webinar provides education on opioids, diversion, and alternatives. The presentation identifies the effects of prescription and non-prescription opioids, discusses the risks and signs of opioid abuse and addiction, recognizes how legal opioids are diverted to the illegal market, and identifies non-drug alternatives to pain. This session was recorded on June 25, 2020.
Are We Going to Pot?
Presented by Kevin Sabet, PhD, President and CEO, SAM, Inc. and SAM Action, Inc., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Yale University and University of Florida School of Medicine. This webinar gives an overview of marijuana and addresses the change in the potency of marijuana over the years. It discusses the implications of legalized marijuana and provides information and data from states who have legalized it for recreational use. The speaker provides statistics showing a rise in marijuana use and substance use disorders and debunks the myth that marijuana use decreases opioid overdose deaths. An overview of how marijuana can impact pregnancy and breastfeeding, and the impact of marijuana on children – both from the standpoint of parental neglect as well as accidental use by children – is covered. This session was recorded on June 17, 2020.
Vaping: Finding Your Way Through the Cloud
Presented by Judith Zelikoff, PhD, Tenured Professor, NYU Grossman School of Medicine; Department of Environmental Medicine. This webinar provides information about the evolution of e-cigarettes and the misconception that they are safe to use, including during pregnancy. Vaping among middle school and high school youth, and the detrimental health effects of vaping, including associated lung injury, are also discussed. This session was recorded on June 11, 2020.
The Hidden Epidemic: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Resulting from Social Drinking
Presented by Sharon Lavigne, MS, LGC, Instructor, Licensed Genetic Counselor, Coordinator MotherToBaby, University of Connecticut. This webinar focuses on the cause of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and addresses how drinking during pregnancy can result in developmental and cognitive disabilities. The presenter provides an overview of FAS and FASD including the distinct features associated with both and explains the impact these life-long disabilities have on individuals and their families. This session was recorded on June 3, 2020.
New Jersey Influenza Action Group Meeting featuring Eimear Kitt, MD, FAAP
Dr. Eimear Kitt from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) discusses vaccination rates among healthcare workers and how to debunk flu vaccination myths. This session was originally recoded on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
Essex Metro Immunization December 2021 Meeting
Program staff from the new Step Up, Vax Up! Campus Health Awareness Campaign shares new resources for educating college students about the COVID-19 vaccine. We also discuss pediatric COVID-19 vaccine and strategies to increase routine immunization rates in Essex County. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
Act to Vaccinate: COVID-19, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding
Pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, but the CDC recently released new data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant people. Dr. St. Fleur discusses the latest recommendations and research on the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.
NJ Influenza Immunization Action Committee Meeting
Here you can watch the Power to Protect campaign updates, Jessica Richman, Board Member of the Families Fighting Flu will share her personal story; and Debra Maitre, DNP, APRN-CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, NEA-BC, and Medical Advisor will discuss the myths pertaining to flu and flu vaccines and how to address these with clients/patients. This session was originally recorded on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.
Pediatric COVID Vaccine: Talk with the Experts
This panel discussion with experts in the field of pediatrics reviews the latest research on COVID-19 and the vaccine in the pediatric population. The session was moderated by Emily Haines, Director of Public Health Initiatives at the Partnership of Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
Flu Action Kick-off
At the event, we unveiled our refreshed social media shareables and we hosted a presentation by award-winning writer and speaker, Carlos Velazquez, MA. Mr. Velazquez has worked with the CDC and internationally in public health promotion and advocacy in various initiatives, including flu vaccine promotion and social messaging. Continuing education credits were not offered. This session was originally recorded on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
Women’s Health: Health Disparities, Cancer Prevention, Cervical Cancer & HPV
Learn more about the importance of HPV vaccination as a prevention method for HPV-related cancers, ways to prevent cervical cancer in women, and to discuss health disparities among the African American community. This program was generously provided by the Whitehill Foundation. This session was originally recorded on Thursday, September 23, 2021.
Essex Metro Immunization September 2021 Meeting:
Leanne Loewenthal, NJIIS Program Supervisor, discusses the role of NJIIS throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and resources available through the registry to help fight the pandemic. We also discuss new COVID-19 vaccine initiatives at the Partnership available to help promote vaccination and combat vaccine hesitancy in different target populations, including adolescents and college students. Continuing education credits were not offered. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
Protecting Babies at Birth: Recommending Hepatitis B Vaccine to Parents
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Association of Pediatrics recommend that the Hepatitis B vaccine be administered at birth to protect newborns from this disease. The program empowers health care providers to discuss the Hepatitis B birth dose with new parents and provides useful information and tools. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
Essex Metro Immunization June 2021 Meeting:
We discuss Hepatitis B Birth Dose Data in Northern New Jersey. Dr. Joseph Schwab, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and EMIC Chair, joins the Partnership’s Quality Improvement program staff to review hepatitis B immunization data trends in NJ and how to improve hepatitis B birth dose immunization rates. This meeting was open to non-members. Continuing education credits were not offered. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
Essex Metro Immunization Coalition Quarterly Meeting:
Twin Pandemics: Understanding COVID-19 Through the Lens of Health Equity
Speakers Chris T. Pernell, MD, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer at University Hospital in Newark, and Meg Fisher MD, Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Health at the NJ Department of Health and Medical Director of Clinical and Academic Excellence at Monmouth Medical Center. This dynamic duo discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the grave inequities in our healthcare system, the COVID-19 vaccine in children and adults, and the pandemic’s effect on routine childhood immunization delivery. Continuing education credits will not be offered. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
Cervical Carcinoma Etiology and Treatment
Learn about cervical cancer and the connection to human papillomavirus (HPV). Gara Sommers, MD, FACOG, a nationally recognized expert on the etiology and treatment of cervical carcinoma, shares her insights for physicians, nurses, community health workers, and other healthcare professionals. Program participants will learn about the development of cervical cancer, treatment, prevention, and vital information they can share with the public. This session was originally recorded on Monday, February 22, 2021.
Preventing Flu this Season
Emily Haines, MBA, BSN, RN, Director of Public Health Initiatives at that Partnership provides updates on the 2020-2021 influenza season and why it is especially critical that health care professionals get vaccinated for the flu this year to protect their colleagues and patients. Ms. Haines also discusses strategies for educating patients about flu prevention, addressing flu vaccine hesitancy, and resources available to promote flu vaccination in different patient populations. This session was originally recorded on October 22, 2020.
Essex Metro Immunization Coalition Meeting: Influenza in the Time of COVID-19
Dr. David Cennimo, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, provides critical information and address concerns about the dangers of influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing education credits were not offered. This session was moderated by Emily Haines, Director of Public Health Initiatives for the Partnership, on September 23, 2020.
Annual Meeting Featured Presentation: The Path to a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine
Paul A. Offit, MD joined the Partnership as the featured presenter for the Annual General Membership meeting. Dr. Offit discussed the basic strategies that go into making a vaccine, the challenges involved in making a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, and how to manage expectations following its release. This presentation was recorded on June 10, 2020.
Essex Metro Immunization Coalition June Meeting: Why Meningitis B Matters
Patti Wukovits and Alicia Stillman lost their young healthy daughters to Meningitis B more than 5 years ago, and have since served as advocates to ensure no other parent suffers the same fate. Patti and Alicia will provide background on Meningitis B, including symptoms, prevalence, and available vaccines, and why vaccination is critical among high-risk groups, particularly those aged 16-23. They will also share an overview of their latest initiative, the Meningitis B Action Project, and how it can support local healthcare practitioners, school administrators, and advocates, and opportunities for getting involved. Continuing education credits were not offered. This session was recorded on June 3, 2020.
Community Doula Care: An Integral Part of the Maternal/ Infant Health Team
Elizabeth Taylor, CD, CBE, LC, from Let’s Doula will share an overview of the critical role that doulas play as part of the maternal and infant healthcare team. Elizabeth will defines and identity full spectrum community doula care to empower session participants to utilize appropriate comfort measures during the labor and delivery and beyond. Participants will learn how doula care can be incorporated into maternal and infant health care. This session was recorded on April 6, 2022.
Postpartum Like a Pro: What Every Parent Should Know
This presentation explores how to care for yourself after birth. Ines P. Serna, a certified childbirth educator, and birth doula discuss topics such as physical and emotional changes post-birth, managing postpartum discomforts, and how to take care of your body in this phase. *This is a community event. Continuing education credits will not be provided. This session was recorded on January 25, 2022.
Preventing Maternal Deaths: Managing Hypertension and Postpartum Hemorrhage
Hypertension and postpartum hemorrhage are two of the leading causes of maternal mortality in the United States; early identification and management are critical. Nurses and other healthcare professionals who work with expectant and postpartum families in the inpatient, emergency room, and community health settings are in a position to recognize and address the early signs and symptoms and help save lives. This session was recorded on November 17, 2021.
Cardiac Assessment of the Newborn
Congenital heart defects affect about 40,000 births per year in the United States. Early and accurate cardiac assessment of the newborn is critical. Participants will learn to identify the essential components of fetal circulation and recognize the physiological changes in circulation from fetal to postnatal circulation. This session was recorded on November 12, 2021.
Gestational Diabetes 2020: Best practices for healthcare providers
Mary Ellen Meyer MPH, RN, CDCES, Diabetes Educator for Morristown Medical Center as well as a Certified Insulin Pump Trainer for Tandem Diabetes., provides guidance to healthcare professionals which will facilitate the identification of diabetes in pregnant women and offer evidence-based interventions for optimal fetal and maternal outcomes. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to screening and support of pregnant women with gestational diabetes and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on November 17, 2020.
CenteringPregnancy: Fostering Connections to Improve Health Outcomes
CenteringPregnancy® improves birth outcomes through a group model of prenatal care. This unique approach fosters connections, support, and enhances communication with the birthing team. Through the New Jersey Department of Health’s Healthy Women Healthy Families initiative, CenteringPregnancy® is now available in Jersey City and Paterson. This free online session is open to health care providers, community health workers, expectant mothers, women considering pregnancy, and community members interested in learning more about this innovative health care model. CEU’s will not be provided for this session. This session was recorded on October 6, 2020.
Discussing Preterm Birth: Resources and Strategies to Use with Your Patients
Presented by Kaci Mial, M.Ed., participants will self-report knowledge gain related to preventing preterm birth and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on July 9, 2020.
Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia: An Update and Review of Clinical Practice Guidelines
Presenter: Dr. Purificacion Tumbaga, an attending neonatologist at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Mountainside Medical Center and JFK Medical Center in New Jersey, has 21 years of experience in the field of neonatal and perinatal medicine. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey, and Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship at UC Irvine Medical Center in California. Dr. Tumbaga has been a Pediatric Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Clinical Instructor, and Chemistry Professor and has extensively presented at perinatology and neonatology clinical conferences. This session was recorded on June 17, 2021.
Annual General Membership Meeting 2021-
Understanding Trauma and Ways of Healing
The Partnership’s leadership shares an update on our work, the New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A. shares, remarks, and keynote speaker Joshua Sparrow, M.D., DFAACAP, Executive Director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center discusses trauma and ways of healing. This session was recorded on June 9, 2021.
Risk, Resilience, and Depression in Fathers from Diverse Backgrounds
The presenter, Dr. Olajide N. Bamishigbin Jr., is a Nigerian-American health psychologist and professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach. Born and raised in Miami, he received his BA in Psychology from the University of Miami and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Fathers are important members of the family unit. However, research studies in the fields of family psychology and maternal and child health have historically not included dads, especially those from low-income and diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. While this is slowly beginning to change, many research gaps still exist regarding paternal health and well-being. This talk will present research findings from the Community and Child Health Network (CCHN), a National Institute of Health-funded, community-based participatory research project that investigated racial/ethnic disparities in maternal and child health in 5 sites across the United States. This talk (a) describe how paternal depression negatively affects the father and family, (b) identify risk factors for depression in low-income Black and Latino fathers, (c) discuss resilience resources that may protect fathers from depression, (d) recommend practical solutions for improving paternal mental health and familial well-being. This session was recorded on May 26, 2021.
Reducing the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death: Social, Health and Behavioral Determinants
The presenter, Dr. Barbara Ostfeld is a Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Program Director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, which she helped establish in 1987. She is a nationally recognized expert on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and her research contributed to the safe infant sleep policies of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her activities also address racial disparities in health, and she serves as a member of the NJ Perinatal Quality Collaborative Health Disparities Work Group and the New Jersey First Lady’s Nurture NJ Initiative. This session was recorded on April 15, 2021.
Screening, Diagnoses and Challenges in Kids with Diabetes: Simple things that can change and save lives
Alicia Downs, RN, MSN, CDCES, Director of Patient Care and Education at Integrated Diabetes Services provides guidance to health care professionals to facilitate the identification of diabetes in children, and detail recommended interventions for common management challenges. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to screening and support of children with diabetes and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on November 19, 2020.
Mental Health Needs of Children During COVID-19
Presented by Daphne Anshel, PhD and Naama Tokayer, PsyD, this program focuses on stress factors, indicators, parenting strategies, and preparation for mental health needs of children as they return to school. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to children’s mental health needs and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on August 5, 2020.
The Intersection of Interpersonal Violence and Health: Critical Considerations
1- Define Intimate Partner (Domestic) Violence and prevalence
2- Identify three ways in which experiencing IPV/DV can affect people’s health in the short and long term
3- Demonstrate knowledge of how IPV/DV intersects with age, race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, culture, and health conditions.
4- Identify the definition and components of trauma-informed care
5- List the components of the SAFE initiative
This session was recorded on November 3, 2020.
Domestic Violence: Understanding the Dynamics and Impact of Power and Control
Nicole Morella, MA is the Director of Public Policy and Communications for the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence. She has worked in the domestic violence field for 18 years providing education and technical assistance to improve community level and systemic responses to domestic violence. In her current role, Ms. Morella strives to elevate the needs and voices of survivors to increase safety for survivors, accountability for offenders, and a strong network of providers. She also works with the Communications Team to elevate the conversation about domestic violence and the role communities can play in preventing domestic and dating violence. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to domestic violence and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on October 1, 2020.
How to Screen for Domestic Violence
Gladys Martinez MSW, LCSW, NCTTP worked for several domestic violence shelters throughout New Jersey, eventually becoming Director of Shelter Services for a program in Union County. Ms. Martinez currently works at the University Hospital’s Women’s Health Clinic, Newark, where she provides assessment and counseling services to women and their families. Additionally she is a co-founder and the current chair of the University Hospital Coalition to End Abuse, whose mission is to raise awareness and train staff, students and the community on domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to domestic violence and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on October 8, 2020.
Understanding Domestic Violence and Strangulation
Danielle Francois, MPH is the Health and Outreach Coordinator for the Essex County Family Justice Center located in Newark New Jersey. In this role she frequently creates and provides trainings for medical providers, human service providers, and law enforcement on the individual and public health impacts of domestic violence and non-fatal strangulation. Ms. Francois also devotes some of her spare time to SAVE of Essex County where she volunteers as a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to strangulation as an indicator for domestic violence and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on October 15. 2020.
Recognizing the Signs of Teen Dating Violence
Kristin Wald, MS, DVRT, an educator with experience in working with both teenagers and adults, has been a Domestic Violence Awareness Workshop Leader for Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) since 2015. In this role, she leads discussions, shares information, and addresses concerns and questions regarding issues surrounding recognizing signs, helping others, helping oneself, and navigating the effects of intimate partner violence/domestic violence. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to screening for teen dating violence and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. Ms. Wald also serves as the Vice President of the Board for SOFIA. The session was recorded on October 29, 2020.
Breastfeeding among Individuals Living with HIV: A Reasonable or Unreasonable Option?
Presenters: Judy Levison, MD, MPH is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. She completed her MD degree from Tufts University in Boston, her residency in Ob/Gyn at the University of Washington, and her MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2010. This session was recorded on January 21, 2022.
Strategies to Promote, Protect and Support Equitable Breastfeeding in the Black Community
Presenters: Nastassia Davis is a registered nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and a mother of four. She is the owner of Latch Breastfeeding and Lactation services and founder of The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation, a non-profit advocacy and support organization dedicated to eliminating racial disparities in Black infant and maternal health. In addition to her public health commitments, Nastassia serves as assistant professor of Nursing at Montclair State University.
Melanie Hutton is a Certified Lactation Counselor and Birth Doula with over eight years of experience in maternity units, intervention programs, and healthcare centers. She facilitates group meetings and offers individual counseling to families in need. This session originally aired on April 12, 2021.
Getting Started and Latch Assessment
Teresa Mancuso, RN, BSN, MA, IBCLC Lactation Program Coordinator, Englewood Health, Jeanette DePrimo, RNC, RLC, IBCLC Lactation Consultant, Hackensack Meridian Health – Hackensack University Medical Center, and Joanne Wells, RNC, BSN, IBCLC, RLC Lactation Consultant, Hackensack Meridian Health – Hackensack University Medical Center are the featured speakers. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to breastfeeding initiation and latch assessment tools and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session originally aired on September 3, 2020.
Hand Expression and Alternative Feeding Methods
Sharon Tanis, BSN, RN, IBCLC, LCCE Manager for Family Education and Lactation, The Valley Hospital and Carmen Baker-Clark, BA, IBCLC, RLC Manager, Lactation Program, CarePoint Health are the featured speakers. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to hand expression and alternate feeding methods and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session originally aired on September 10, 2020.
Supporting Breastfeeding in the NICU and Case Studies
Rachel Smith, BSN, RN, IBCLC Lactation Consultant, Saint Clare’s Hospital, Carmen Baker-Clark, BA, IBCLC, RLC Manager, Lactation Program, CarePoint Health, and Renia Tsigaras, BSN, RN, IBCLC Coordinator of Parent Education Services, Holy Name Medical Center are the featured speakers. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to supporting breastfeeding and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session originally aired on September 17, 2020.
Use of Breastfeeding Tools and Paced Bottle Feeding
Laura Kelly, RN, IBCLC, Perinatal Education Coordinator Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center and Sarah Muller-Robbins, MPH, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Coordinator Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center are the featured speakers for this session. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related breastfeeding tools and paced bottle feeding and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session originally aired on September 24, 2020.
Infant Adoption Update for Health Professionals: Trends, Laws, & Best Practices
This webinar will outlines how health professionals can discuss adoption with patients. Topics include voluntary adoption, alternatives to foster care, adoption law, birth parent rights, types of adoption, and how to answer your patients’ questions about adoption. The session also offers guidance on how to create a supportive, respectful, adoption-friendly site for your patients considering adoption. This program was recorded on November 10, 2020.
Save Babies with Us: Talking to Expectant Parents about Fetal Movement
Emily Price, Executive Director of Count the Kicks, teaches providers how to educate expectant parents about fetal monitoring in the third trimester in an effort to prevent fetal loss. She oversees the national expansion of the evidence-based Count the Kicks public health campaign that educates and empowers expectant parents to track their babies’ movements in the third trimester of pregnancy. This session was recorded on October 27, 2021.
Supporting Parents During a Pregnancy that Follows a Loss
This presentation by Lindsey M. Henke, MSW, LICSW, focuses on the emotional complexity of a pregnancy that follows perinatal loss. Lindsay Henke is a clinical social worker and maternal mental health therapist in Minneapolis, MN. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS), which is dedicated to ensure that every mom and her partner who is experiencing pregnancy after loss is able to find support and connection among both peers and health care professionals. This session was recorded on October 20, 2021.
Bereavement Care after Perinatal Loss: The Role of the Postpartum Doulas
This presentation by Chanel Porchia-Albert, Founder & CEO of Ancient Song Doula Services, Inc, provides knowledge gain related to care options for grief support after perinatal loss and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on October 13, 2021.
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Series – Reflections of Grief: Parents Perspective after Perinatal Loss
A panel discussion moderated by Christine Chang featuring parent advocates and healthcare professionals focused on perinatal grief and support.
Presenters: Andrea Booker, RN is the Program Manager for the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey’s (Partnership’s) Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR). Pamela and Paul Caine are activists and parent mentors in the perinatal bereavement space. Stacey Dinburg is the vice president and co-founder of The 2 Degrees Foundation. As a stillbirth parent advocate, speaker, and instructional facilitator. Vu-An Foster is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Life After 2 Losses. This session was recorded on October 6, 2021.
Social Determinants of Grief: The Impact of Black Infant Loss
Understanding African American grief requires taking a long look at the historical and contemporary experiences around the issues of death. But troublingly, there is very little research conducted on Black grief and its connection to racism and the social injustices connected to it. Understanding the impact of systemic racism and its influence on how a person reacts to loss sets the stage for addressing how best to support communities that are disproportionately affected by infant death. This session offers insight on how some women of color deal with compounded loss and trauma. Participants gain additional knowledge on how to best serve communities of color affected by infant loss.
Presenter: Dr. Stacy Scott has spent the past 30 years designing and implementing programs to address health disparities in under-resourced communities. In 2016, she founded the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, an organization with a mission to empower the world’s communities to achieve equity in infant survival. She is also the executive director of Baby’s 1st Network and is a senior project director and equity lead at NICHQ. Recognizing the importance of being inclusive and striving for health equity, Dr. Scott leads NICHQ’s anti-racism and social justice work and serves as a champion of positive equitable change. Serving on several projects one being NAPPSS-IIN project that aims to make infant safe sleep and breastfeeding a national norm, focusing on operating under an equity Framework. This session was recorded on May 5, 2021.
Pregnancy and Parenting after a Perinatal Loss
The trauma of miscarriage and perinatal loss impacts all family members; mothers, fathers/partners, siblings, and the unborn baby. The pregnancy that follows becomes a complex journey that carries grief for a deceased baby alongside the struggle to attach to a new unborn sibling. This session explores how tasks of pregnancy are altered when parents are pregnant following a loss. The speakers will also share a support model that integrates parental grief for the baby that died as they work to embrace their baby that follows. Presenters: Joann O’Leary, Ph.D., MPH, MS, Author and Pregnancy After Loss Expert, and Doug Stewart, BA, MBA, Peer Companion Counselor and Men’s Support Group Facilitator, The Star Legacy Foundation. This session was recorded on December 8, 2020. CEU’s are not offered for this presentation.
Providing Compassionate Support: Grief and Perinatal Loss
This webinar introduces the learners to perinatal loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, and termination. The five stages of grief are described in detail. Recommendations for ways health care professionals can provide support for both mothers and fathers are covered. A brief overview of the Partnership’s Fetal Infant Mortality Review program is presented and resources for both families and professionals (including brochures, local and online support groups, and the Partnership’s Emotional Health Phone Support line) are shared. This session was recorded on July 30, 2020.
The Many Faces of Grief in Infertility
This webinar discusses the complicated grief that is associated with undergoing infertility treatment and ways in which clients may express their grief. Effective strategies for supporting individuals and helping to facilitate their grieving are explored. This session was recorded on July 23, 2020.
Perspectives on Perinatal Loss, Grief, Care, and Prevention
This webinar provides an introduction to perinatal loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, and termination. Our distinguished panel of maternal child health professionals will discuss racial disparities, a father’s perspective, perinatal loss and COVID-19, and perinatal loss and mental health. Recommendations for ways health care professionals can provide support for both mothers and fathers, and resources for families and professionals will be shared. This session was recorded on October 13, 2020.