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According to the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color:


1 out of 5 women will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder during pregnancy or after childbirth. Also called perinatal emotional complications, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders include conditions like depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder and can occur any time during pregnancy and the first year of parenting. Emotional complications are the most common complication of childbirth.

38% of new mothers of color experience perinatal emotional complications like depression and anxiety. Women of color experience these complications at TWICE the rate of white women.

60% of womxn of color do not receive any treatment or support services for perinatal emotional complications. Reasons for this include lack of insurance coverage, social and cultural stigma, logistical barriers to services, and lack of culturally appropriate care.


The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation is sponsoring 3 community members to attend the Postpartum Support International Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care virtual training.

Course summary:

This two-day course, taught by expert and engaging faculty, uses a thorough, evidence-based curriculum designed for psychiatrists, nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, and anyone interested in building skills for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Your registration includes a training manual, handouts, and certification of continuing education credits

More details can be found below: 



11/12/2021 08:30 AM - 11/13/2021 05:00 PM ET



  • Must identify on the African Diaspora

  • Active work with Black birth people (nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals etc)

  • Willing uphold the values of the Perinatal Health Equity Foundation

  • Able to attend both dates of training

  • Willing to host 1 support group for PHEF per month x 6 months

  • Continue to run established group for the PHEF as a paid contractor for at least 6 months

  • Willing to host group in person in Essex County NJ (Virtual offered as needed)


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