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Grievous Harms: History, Bereavement, and the African American Psyche

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Research has documented racism in the medical care of pregnant African American women beginning in the antebellum period and persisting to the present. Historically, black people have been considered to be indifferent parents. They have been blamed for high infant mortality, and wrongly believed to have greatly increased capacity for psychological and physical pain. They have been demonized. Medical personnel have ignored their suffering and even deliberately produced it. African American children have been used as experimental subjects and/or robbed of their childhood. Racism continues today in these and other forms and affects longevity, medical care, and bereavement support.

In this webinar, Nicole Alston will discuss her experience with black mothers who experienced a stillbirth, setting the stage for Harriet Washington, researcher, writer, and author of a number of books, including Medical Apartheid. Harriet Washington will unveil the painful history of African American women’s experiences with the American medical system during childbearing and pregnancy loss, and conclude with recommendations for professionals and policy suggestions to redress these appalling consequences of racism and disparities in perinatal medical care.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand the history of racism in the care of pregnant women and early child loss
  • Explain the current role of clinicians and professionals in perinatal care of black clients
  • Identify the policy recommendations that are needed to address existing egregious disparities

Presenters:

Harriet A. Washington is a science writer, editor and ethicist who is the author of the forthcoming Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Informed Consent in Medical Research (2021, Columbia Global Reports); and A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind. Her work helped provide the basis for the AMA apology to the nation’s black physicians in 2008 and led to the banishment of the James Marion Sims statue from Central Park in 2018. A film buff and lover of baroque music, Ms. Washington has also worked as manager of a poison-control center, a classical-music announcer for public radio station WXXI-FM in Rochester, NY and she curates a medical-film series. For further information about Harriet Washington's work and accomplishments: https://bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/faculty-staff/harriet-washington

Nicole Alston experienced the death of her stillborn daughter, Skye, in 2005. Within months, she began speaking to audiences nationally, and then internationally, about providing comprehensive psychosocial support for families who are grieving the death of a baby. She has held numerous positions with the Center for Complicated Grief since 2008. Nicole is the founder of Ok2Grieve, an organization established to inspire the world at large to see loss and unresolved grief from a broader perspective. Additionally, she has recently expanded her outreach through the Respect My Story™ initiative, a blog sharing people’s stories of loss, perseverance and inspiration. She received a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a certificate in non-profit management from Georgetown University.

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Attendance by videoconference is free.

Attendance by videoconference with 1.5 CE is $30.

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1.5 CEs is available for NYS Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists. The fee is $30. If you are from a different state, please contact your state’s licensing board to confirm CE for this event. Most state recognizes events through the Columbia School of Social Work as an NYS-approved provider and a CSWE-accredited institution.

1.5 CEs is available for psychologists. The Center for Complicated Grief is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Complicated Grief maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

A certificate of completion stating 1.5 CEs hour earned will be sent by email approximately 10 business days following completion of the evaluation and post - test.

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The webinar can be accessed using Zoom video conference. Participants will receive an email a few days before to complete their registration and get link to access webinar. Webinar will be recorded and available on our website. Please allow approximately 10 business days following the webinar for access on -demand.

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