White Privilege in Birth (Work) 101

This is an “entry-level” class for anyone involved in birth work to get a basic understanding of the terminology, concepts, and impacts of race in birth.  The class is primarily white people talking to white people–covering a definition of terms; how systemic oppression operates; a historical review of race and reproduction in the U.S.; the impact of race on birth outcomes; white privilege in birthwork; and answers to the question, “What can I do?”


  • Presented by Heather Thompson, PhD, deputy director of Elephant Circle, and hosted by Cristen Pascucci
  • Two-hour pre-recorded video in two parts, which you may watch or listen to at any time on computer or mobile device
  • Part 1 (~45 minutes) covers: Welcome & orientation; Definition of terms; How systemic oppression operates; Historical review of race in America
  • Part 2 (~80 minutes) covers: Historical review of race and reproduction; Impact of race on birth outcomes; White privilege in birthwork; “What can I do?”
  • Includes two handouts and links to resources
  • Good for one year of access to the course

Bundle this class with Birth Monopoly’s other classes, including Know Your Rights: Legal and Human Rights in Childbirth, and save. Click here for more information.