Tomorrow begins Black Maternal Health Week April 11-17, 2019 and there is no better way to kick off this week than talking to the women of the Birthing Justice movement. I had the pleasure of meeting these ladies this past December at the Black Mamas Matter Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The work these women do around Maternal Health and Mortality is remarkable. In today’s episode we have Dr. Sayida Peprah who is a doula, licensed clinical therapist, speaker, and member of the Black Birthing Justice movement. She shares what Birthing Justice movement is, why doulas are important, and what we can do to help the infant and mortality rates in our community.
Dr. Sayida Peprah’s Bio
Dr. Sayida Peprah has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a Multicultural Clinical-Community Emphasis, from the California School of Professional Psychology, at Alliant International University. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Religion at Spelman College. Her specialties include multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health. Dr. Sayida has a strong belief in the importance of multicultural awareness and cultural competence/humility. In an effort to expand this in her work, she has participated in numerous international and cultural immersion studies. She has traveled to Ghana, Mexico, Egypt and India, studying mental health approaches, indigenous culture and local spiritual traditions.
Dr. Sayida has a multi-faced career as a supervisory-level Clinical Psychologist, an Associate Professor of Psychology for the University of Phoenix, and a consultant. She regularly offers multicultural/cross-cultural, mental health and maternal mental health trainings and workshops in the community and throughout the US, as well as serves on several mental health advisory committees. In 2014, she was a featured speaker at the United Nations 65thNGO Conference on the topic of Mental Illness, An Invisible Disability. In 2018, she 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.
Dr. Sayida is dedicated to contributing her expertise to uplift the community and improve the effectiveness of health care and social support services.
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