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: CMEs are not provided for this activity.

**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.

Course Completion Policy:
Online learners will maintain access to their online course(s) and platform for one year after purchase. Accounts may be subject to deactivation if an account is inactive for one year. If you require any assistance or have questions, please contact the Training Department at
  • 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