Intersectionality & Perinatal Mental Health

Intersectionality in Perinatal Mental Health consists of 5 modules: 1) Diversity issues and their relevance in the perinatal period; 2) Defining Privilege; 3) Defining Intersectionality 4) Tolerating discomfort – learning your own biases 5) Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Maternal Health Disparities.

Wendy Ashley, PsyD, LCSW and Anna King, LCSW, PMH-C will address intersectionality as it relates to perinatal mental health and implications to the mental and physical well-being of birthing people and families. Participants will review the definition of intersectionality, tools and tips for becoming an intersectional practitioner, and ways to navigate their own discomfort in the process. Participants will also receive an introduction to BIPOC maternal health disparities and guidance for shifting from striving for cultural competence, to aligning with a journey toward cultural humility.

This course is for healthcare professionals working with families in the perinatal period. This includes mental health professionals, nurses, physicians and midwives, doulas and birth workers, lactation consultants, health educators and more.


(1) Assess the difference between diversity and socially constructed identities, and how to address and honor both in their work with clients.
(2) Apply at least 1 tool of awareness toward intersectionality through consideration of systems of oppression and privilege.
(3) Define intersectionality and gain practice tips and tools for navigating it in the therapeutic space.
(4) Assess one’s own discomforts to increase competency and cultural humility through continued education.
(5) Identify 2 disparities in care for BIPOC women and birthing people.
(6) Apply 2 ways to integrate a culturally sensitive approach to BIPOC care.

Continuing Education (CE):

CE: This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, LEPs, and psychologists as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and California Board of Psychology. Community Partners FBO Maternal Mental Health NOW is the sponsor of continuing education for this learning module and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Partners FBO Maternal Mental Health NOW as the sponsor maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CME: The above activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint provider ship of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Maternal Mental Health NOW. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the ACCME for Category 1 credit as meeting the educational requirements for license renewal. CMEs will be available for these modules from September 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023.

POLICY ON DISCLOSURE: Cedars-Sinai adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity, including faculty, planners, reviewers or others are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). The following was reported. All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Eynav Accortt, PhD Course Director Nothing to disclose
Wendy Ashley, PsyD Faculty, Other Planning Committee Member Nothing to disclose
Anna King, LCSW Faculty, Other Planning Committee Member Nothing to disclose
Sarah Kilpatrick, MD, PhD Planner/Reviewer Nothing to disclose
Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, PMH-C Other Planning Committee Member Nothing to disclose

**If you hold a license not listed here or are licensed outside of the state of California, please check with your licensing board directly to confirm that these CE credits will be accepted. We are unable to assist in verifying if CE credits will be approved for your license type/state outside of California.
  • Module 1: Diversity issues and their relevance in the perinatal period
  • Introduction, Objectives & Module 1
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Module 2: Defining Privilege
  • Module 2
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Module 3: Defining Intersectionality
  • Module 3
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Module 4: Tolerating discomfort – learning your own biases
  • Module 4
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Module 5: BIPOC Maternal Health Disparities
  • Module 5
  • Module 5 Assessment
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed