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Cultural Humility in Maternity Care: An Antidote to Implicit Bias

This session will discuss the current state of maternity care and how implicit bias, racism and discrimination impact pregnancy and birth outcomes. We will discuss healthcare disparities among black, indigenous and people of color in maternity care. Cultural humility the next step in cultural competence will be explored as a potential framework for addressing implicit bias among maternity healthcare professionals. The 5R’s of cultural humility including reflection, respect, regard, relevance, and resiliency infused with mindfulness will be offered as a coaching tool that is easily accessible to anyone doing birth work.