recorded webinar

Race, Stress and Black Mother and Infant Mortality: Emotional Health Matters

Race, Stress and Black Mother and Infant Mortality: Emotional Health Matters
Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:00 pm
- 1:00 pm ET
Diversity Eligible

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Within the United States, Black maternal and infant mortality has reached alarming rates.  Black mothers and infants are 2.5 times more likely to die than their white counterparts. The major contributing factor is stress, particularly stress produced by structural racism. In this webinar led by a clinical psychological scientist and community-based doula, we present an overview of the role of race-related stress in Black maternal and infant mortality. We examine the psychosocial and biological data on its impact on mothers and babies. We present evidence on how stress is viewed by various groups of expectant and post-partum Black mothers. Barriers to implement stress and anxiety interventions with this population are discussed. Finally, we present data on our culturally-relevant community-engaged partnership to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety on expectant Black mothers. Participants will leave the webinar with a clear understanding of the major role stress and anxiety interventionists and researchers in reducing Black maternal and infant mortality.


- Understand the role of racism as a stressor in Black maternal and infant mortality disparities

- Advocate for emotional health as the four pillar in addressing Black maternal and infant mortality disparities

- Identify barriers to effective stress and anxiety intervention with expectant and post-partum Black mothers.

- Articulate a culturally-competent approach for assessing and addressing stress and anxiety among Black expectant mothers. 

This webinar is also eligible for 1 Cross Cultural Competency Diversity Credit.


Presenter(s) Biography

Angela Neal-Barnett, PhD

Angela Neal-Barnett, PhD

Angela Neal-Barnett, Ph.D., is a leading expert in Black mental health, emphasizing anxiety disorders among Black women and girls. Her latest efforts center around expectant mothers—Black women in particular—who may be suffering from PTSD or other stressors that can lead to increased pre-term births, infant mortality, and mother mortality. Through her Spirit of Motherhood program, pregnant women and their preschool children receive a multi-level intervention for PTSD. 

Dr. Neal-Barnett founded and directs the Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans (PRADAA) Lab, which currently receives funding from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, American Psychological Association, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, and the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation. The recipient of the 2020 ADAA Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award, Dr. Neal-Barnett is the author of Soothe Your Nerves: The Black Woman's Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic, and Fear (Simon & Schuster).


Christin Farmer Kane, BA

Christin Farmer Kane

Ms. Christin Farmer Kane is the Executive Director and Founding Doula of Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC) a community-based doula and perinatal support organization whose mission is to prevent and reduce infant mortality, and low birth weights in high-risk neighborhoods by culture, education, advocacy and support and engagement. A graduate of Kent State University, Ms. Farmer founded BBC in 2014.  Currently  a fellow in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Ms. Farmer’s work has been  published in the Journal of Social Work in Healthcare,  featured in The GuardianThe Plain Dealer, Scene Magazine and heralded by the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland and the State of Ohio.

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