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May 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm EST

In this webinar, we will discuss maternal birthing experiences for African American mothers, and the role of social injustice and racism as it impacts maternal mortality. Participants will gain understanding of factors that perpetuate racial disparity in maternal mortality in obstetric and postpartum care, and how to promote anti-racist practice and policy to reduce current unjust practice. Our speakers include Dr. Terri-Ann Bennett, Clinical Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at NYU Langone Health; Elon Geffrard, Certified Doula and Co-Founder of Birth Detroit; Melisa Nicole Scott, Certified Nurse Midwife at University of Michigan.

Registration Cost:

NASPOG Members: $0

Non-members: $25

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Meet the Speakers

Terri-Ann Bennett, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

NYU Langone Health

Dr. Terri-Ann Bennett is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist at NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn. She also serves as the Director of Recruitment and Retention in the Office of Diversity Affairs at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She lectures on the maternal mortality crisis in the United States and the History of Racism in Medicine, and is passionate about teaching and eliminating health disparities, especially in relation to access to excellent medical care, preterm birth, preeclampsia, and maternal mortality.

Elon Geffrard, BS, ICCE, CLC, CD (DONA)


Birth Detroit

Elon Geffrard has been a birth doula since 2016, where she came to doula work "accidentally" after being a home visitor for a local health department. While maintaining a private and community based doula practice, Elon has served as project coordinator, statewide speaker and consultant with a number of public health projects but finds her greatest joys in serving women as they transition into motherhood and fostering shifts in attitudes, policy, and practice around pregnancy, labor and birth- at the system’s level. She is a certified parent educator (Effective Black Parenting), certified childbirth educator (ICEA), trained in Lamaze childbirth education and is a certified lactation consultant (ALPP).

Melisa Nicole Scott, CNM, IBCLC

Certified Nurse Midwife

University of Michigan

Melisa Scott is a Nurse midwife and a lactation consultant at Michigan Medicine. She has worked to protect and normalize birth and breastfeeding for 20 years. Currently, she is an active participant in the Region 9 Perinatal Quality Collaborative and enjoys building relationships with community partners who support BIPOC families in having safe and loving care. An area of interest is in group care and facilitation. After becoming a Certified Centering Pregnancy facilitator, she has enjoyed bringing this evidenced based program of group prenatal care to Michigan Medicine. She has worked hard to support the unique journey of black motherhood and created a support group for black pregnant and parenting women to connect and share wisdom.

This webinar is an initiative of the NASPOG Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.

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