Maternal Mental Health Educator Birth Doula

Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and trained birth doula.  She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health.  Dr. Sayida has a multifaceted career as a psychologist having worked in community-based, in-home, psychiatric hospital, correctional and private practice settings.  She is also a trainer and consultant on topics of cultural humility, implicit bias and trauma as they impact mental and maternal health.  Dr. Sayida is the founder of the non-profit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc.

Dr. Sayida’s work in maternal health include serving as a Co-Director, Doula Mentor and Maternal Mental Health and Cultural Competency consultant for the Frontline Doulas Centering the Community program, in Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Sayida is also an active member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective and a Collaborator with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform birthing experiences of black families.  Dr. Sayida has served and continues to serve on advisory committees to improve maternal health including the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, Maternal Suicide Review Committee, Perinatal Equity Initiative Committees (San Bernardino and Riverside County) and others aimed at identifying key risks and opportunities for quality improvement and prevention around disparities. 

Black Maternal Health Roundtable with Senator Kamala Harris  Uplifting the Voices of Black Women on the Needs of Our Community

Dr. Sayida Peprah, on behalf of Diversity Uplifts, Inc. and Black Women Birthing Justice joined the office of Senator Kamala Harris at a Roundtable on Black Maternal Health in San Francisco, earlier this week (Tuesday, February 18, 2020).  The roundtable, hosted Tuesday by Sen. Harris’ office, was moderated by CBC Board Chair and Sankofa Birthworkers Collective member Devona Robertson.  Also present was theCA Surgeon General Nadine Burke-Harris and many black maternal health advocates and organizations.  

Click here to learn more about Senator Harris' proposal for legislation to address the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis.

Resources for Maternal Wellbeing Support

The following are organizations, podcasts, online resources and more that support individuals and families in the perinatal and postpartum period, including families experiencing perinatal or postpartum loss.

The Shades of Blue Project is dedicated to breaking cultural barriers in maternal mental health by raising awareness and ensuring action is being taken to break the stigma surrounding seeking treatment in the minority community when experiencing complications after childbirth. 

The Blue Box is designed to help women that experienced Infant Loss. Most often times there are No words to console a grieving mother. The Blue Box is a offer of expression, love and empathy.

Sisters in Loss podcast is dedicated to replacing silence with storytelling around pregnancy and infant loss and infertility of black women.  The stigma and shame that comes with sharing loss stories prevent black women from achieving the healing they need to thrive in their new normal. Sisters in Loss holds space to present loss and infertility stories in a resourceful culturally acceptable way to assure black women they are not alone on this journey.

Mom and Mind Podcast.  Postpartum depression is only part of the story. The goal of this podcast to put all of this info out in the open. There’s no need to hide these very human experiences…so many people deal with these struggles. So, we get into real life stories of moms, dads and family AND we will talk with experts, leaders and advocates in the field of maternal mental health and maternal health. You deserve to be informed!!!!

Resources for Birth Justice

What is Birth Justice?  

Click here to learn what Black Women Birthing Justice says about it?

Battling Over Birth: Black Women & The Maternal Health Care Crisis in California

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