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The Perinatal period is defined as from the time of pregnancy through the first year postpartum.  It is a time in women’s lives that involve significant changes in their body and in their mental state, including changes in their social status and decision-making power.  Alarmingly high and climbing rates of maternal death and severe maternal conditions, especially among Black and indigenous women, have also drawn attention to disparities in patient experiences with maternal health care in recent years. Affecting all aspects of maternal care, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified these concerns, revealing as well as exacerbating inequities in mothers’ experiences.  Supporting women’s empowerment at this particular time in their lives is an opportunity to create benefits for maternal and infant health outcomes such as reductions in depression and premature birth rates. 

The following information is on the perinatal period.  Read as much as you can, inform yourself and you will be empowered to know, to speak and to act in ways that will support your body, strengthen your mind and create health and wellness in your future.

A Midwife Nation


AWHONN – Health Mom & Baby (Powered by the Nurses from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses)

Birth Equity

ACOG – American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Patient Education

ACNM – American College of Nurse-Midwives, Share with Women

Childbirth Connection

Postpartum Support International AZ

Listening to Mother's in California

Count the Kicks (Stillbirth Prevention)

A Native Women's Bill of Rights for Pregnancy, Labor and Birth


Body and Soul Sovereignty United

We Support Self-Advocacy in the Health of Indigenous Women

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