Diagnosing and Dismantling Obstetric Racism in Birthing Hospitals


This series is presented by the San Francisco Department of Public Health in partnership with UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative and Birthing Cultural Rigor, LLC. The three modules offered in June and July will build on each other and it is highly recommended to attend all three.

The purpose of the 3 Foundational Learning Modules are

  • Introduce the concept of obstetric racism and its impact on Black pregnant, birthing, and postpartum people
  • Recognize the importance of listening to, amplifying, and integrating the perspectives of Black women and other Black birthing people
  • Provide tools and guidance for challenging racism in San Francisco's birthing hospitals

After the trainings, the audience will be able to

  • Explain the challenges in diagnosing and dismantling obstetric racism through hospital-centered knowledge, beliefs, and practices
  • Utilize three concepts to re-imagine the unique lived experiences and activism of Black women and people in society and in hospital births
  • Describe strategies to amplify patient narratives and community wisdom in testing for quality, safety, and equity in hospital birth settings

Session 1: Tuesday, June 28 - 12:00 - 1:15 pm PDT

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Session 2: Thursday, July 14 - 12:00 - 1:15 pm PDT

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Session 3: Wednesday, July 27 - 12:00 - 1:15 pm PDT

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Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG | Chief Black Feminist Physician-Scientist and Founding CEO and Owner, Birthing Cultural Rigor, LLC


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