The Justice and Equity in Perinatal Services Cluster Seminar Series

Bridging Advocacy and Research: Perinatal Care & Incarceration 

Presented By: Allison Campbell, Mo Korchinski, and Dr. Jessica Liauw

About This Panel:

Allison Campbell RM, MA, UBC Midwifery: Provides an introduction to the current state of affairs related to perinatal care and women's reproductive health in incarcerated contexts, including a small review of interesting findings in the literature applicable to the topic in hand.

Mo Korchinski (Executive Director, Unlocking the Gates): A recount of the current issues related to mother-baby provincial programs and how it affects the mother-baby connection in BC and Canada. Legal and and psychosocial issues women and babies face with the current policies surrounding mother-baby programs, from the perspective of someone who has lived experience and is involved in this area day-to-day. 

Dr. Jessica Liauw (BHSc, MHSc, MD, BC Women’s Hospital UBC Medicine): Presents a call to action to bridge research and policy, including an introduction of a new hub aiming at addressing this issues in a way that involves communities, policy-makers and researchers.

The Justice and Equity in Perinatal Services Cluster Seminar Series

My Journey to 100 Publications and What I Learned Along the Way 

Presented By: Dr. Kathrin Stoll

About This Seminar:

Getting started with building your CV can be daunting. During this session you will hear about Kathrin’s academic publishing journey including many tips & strategies for how to build a strong CV, carve out time to write, and address common publishing challenges. She will speak about juggling family life while writing, and how to deal with loss of motivation.  After the session, attendees will have a better idea of the time required to write, submit and revise manuscripts, what types of articles are easier versus harder to publish, how to understand what editors and reviewers are looking for, how to decide between different journals, and tell the difference between legitimate versus predatory publishers. 

The Justice and Equity in Perinatal Services Cluster Seminar Series

Responsible Conduct of Research through an Accessibility and Inclusion Lens

Presented By: Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai

About This Seminar:

Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is the world’s first congenitally blind geneticist, and currently the Vice-President Research & International Affairs and Chief Accessibility Officer for the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), having previously served as a researcher at the University Health Network in Toronto. Dr. Sukhai is a leading expert on accessibility of graduate and postdoctoral research training in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and healthcare disciplines. Dr. Sukhai is also the Chair of the Employment Technical Committee for Accessibility Standards Canada, as well as the External Co-Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Expert Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Systemic Ableism.

This seminar will focus on Dr. Sukhai's work establishing a national framework for the accessibility and inclusivity of research methods and practices within academic and community research settings. 

The Justice and Equity in Perinatal Services Cluster Seminar Series

Undocumented Refugees and Perinatal Care: Current Challenges and Lessons from Ontario Midwifery 

Presented By: Manavi Handa (She/Her/Hers) RM, MHSc

About This Seminar 

This presentation will focus on the challenges and barriers to perinatal care for undocumented and uninsured refugees in the Canadian context. The introduction will include an overview of issues facing undocumented immigrants and implications for perinatal health care. The Ontario midwifery model of care in relationship to these clients will be discussed with a focus on successes. Part of this will include an overview of study findings which led to expanded funding in Ontario. Finally, the presentation will provide an overview of a successful midwifery-led community-based model of care including how this model may be replicated in other areas and communities.

The Justice and Equity in Perinatal Services Cluster Seminar Series

Determinants, Consequences, and Ethics of Ineffective Decision-making in Birth 

Presented By: Drs. Mimi Niles (She/Her/Hers) and Michael Rost (He/Him)

About This Seminar

Ineffective decision-making between providers and birthing people often lies at the core of negative birth experiences, is recognized as a form of mistreatment in birth and a human rights violations, is antithetical to quality care, and causes adverse psychological outcomes, ultimately affecting, i.a., parent-child-bonding, child well-being, couple relationships, likelihood of giving birth again, and accessing a birth facility for birth.

In this seminar, Dr. Niles and Dr. Rost will present their findings on providers’ attitudes towards decision-making and autonomy, clients’ experiences of declining care interventions, and postpartum psychopathologies due to ineffective decision-making, and will conclude by critically discussing ethical issues underlying ineffective decision-making in birth and how they disproportionally affect historically marginalized persons.

The Justice and Equity in Perinatal Services Cluster Seminar Series

Black Perinatal Mental Health: Social Injustice, Dismantling Disparities, and Establishing Equitable Care 

Presented By: Dr. Crystal Clark (She/Her/Hers)

About This Seminar
We had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Crystal Clark’s work on "Black Perinatal Mental Health - Social Injustice, Dismantling Disparities, and Establishing Equitable Care". Dr. Crystal Clark is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is also a scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and serves as the Associate Head of Research at Women’s College Hospital. As an adult psychiatrist, Dr. Clark specializes in mood and anxiety disorders and is internationally recognized for her expertise in the treatment of women’s mental health across the reproductive life span (i.e., menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, trauma related to reproduction). Dr. Clark’s research aims to develop identification and prevention strategies to optimize perinatal mental healthcare for populations who are marginalized and/or have severe mental illness. Her novel research in psychopharmacology aims to establish personalized dosing algorithms that accounts for metabolic and genetic differences for pregnant and postpartum women bipolar disorder. In her efforts to increase equity she is committed to studies that characterize, develop, and increase prevention intervention strategies to address Black perinatal mental health and reduce disparities.

The Justice and Equity in Perinatal Services Cluster Seminar Series

Connecting Data and Policy for Human Rights Accountability 

Presented By: Indra Lusero Esq. (They/Them)

About the Speaker
Indra Lusero Esq. (They/Them), is a Colorado licensed attorney, and founder of Elephant Circle and the Birth Rights Bar Association. Indra designed Colorado's ambitious Birth Equity bill package that passed in 2021 and has been involved in legislation to eliminate the shackling of incarcerated people during pregnancy and birth, improve midwifery and birth center regulations, and to create more humane policies for pregnant people impacted by substance use. Indra also spearheaded the creation of "Birth Rights: A resource for everyday people to defend human rights during labour and birth," and "Mobilizing the Office for Civil Rights' Authority to Address Obstetric Violence and Obstetric Racism." As a Queer, Genderqueer, Latinx parent rooted in Rocky Mountain west, Indra is attuned to the importance of people on the margins and our role in leading the dismantling of oppressive systems to build a more equitable world.


The Giving Voice to Mother's Study: Real Talk About Safe Care In Pregnancy and Childbirth

In this webinar, leaders who are transforming health care discuss concrete actions that we can all take to respond to the study findings, by learning about human rights in pregnancy and childbirth, hearing from experts on how we can transform the lived experience of perinatal services, and telling others why equity matters in pregnancy and childbirth care.

ASL Interpretation is included.

Find out more about the study and report here: 

Video Credits

Narration: Tatyana Ali
Illustrations: Cheyenne Varner
The voices of birthing people in the video and throughout this website are in the words shared by the study participants. To protect the anonymity of the study participants, actors were used.

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