AWHONN Insights Podcast Series

As the leader in perinatal nursing education, AWHONN is stepping into the podcast arena with its 2020 series titled, “AWHONN Insights.” The series will feature leading experts in the field who will share their perspectives on various topics ranging from postpartum hemorrhage to perinatal opioid use disorder. Episodes are available for download on iTunes, Soundcloud and Spotify.

Podcast 1: Simulations in Perinatal Education 

Learn insights from Cathy Jones, MSN, RN-BC, RNC-OB, C-EFM a POEP instructor and Michaela Williams a former POEP learner as they discuss their experiences with implementing AWHONN’s Perinatal Orientation and Education Program (POEP) at their facility.

Podcast 2: Covid-19 in the Perinatal Space

Featuring AWHONN Board members and nurses, Margie Bridges and Dr. Suzanne Baird, discussing ways in which they’re working to combat the spread of COVID-19, ideas that have worked to offset some challenges, and tools appropriate for nurses across our country.

Podcast 3: Wellness Tips and Tricks During Covid-19

At a time when self-care has taken a backseat to COVID-19, we sit down with Traci Richards, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW, and D’Anne Moon MS, CNM, and discuss their tips and tricks for coping with stress, nutrition and overall wellness in their institutions, and at home. This episode continues the conversation from the jointly provided ACNM and AWHONN webinar titled, “From Chaos to Calm: Developing a Self-Care Toolkit for COVID -19 and Beyond.” Traci and D’Anne, who participated in that self-care webinar, share their insights in creating a relaxing environment for inpatient mothers, families, and perinatal care providers.

Podcast 4: Shared Decision Making

As providers, patients, and loved ones continue to make crucial decisions regarding care, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), and the National Perinatal Association (NPA), joined together and released a position statement on shared decision making titled, “Mothers with COVID-19 and Their Newborn Infants.” On this episode, we are joined by two of the authors, Dr. Jerry Ballas, president of the NPA and Dr. Tiffany Moore of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and AWHONN President, Rebecca Cypher, who will help us better understand the shared decision making model and its implications in the COVID-19/perinatal space.

Podcast 5: The Impact of Implicit Bias in Healthcare

According to the CDC, “Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put some members of racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting COVID-19 or experiencing severe illness, regardless of age” (CDC, 2020). This information aligns with the ongoing research conducted by the American Public Media (APM) Research Lab, which has found that Black Americans continue to experience the highest overall COVID-19 mortality rates – at a staggering 69.7 deaths per 100,000 as of July 13, 2020 (APM, 2020). Followed by Indigenous Americans at 51.3, and Pacific Islanders at 40.5 (APM, 2020). The mortality rates continue to climb, as do the disparities. As of July 21, 2020, Black Americans are now dying at a rate of 73.7 deaths per 100,000, a stark contrast to the 32.4 per 100,000 mortality rate for White Americans.
These alarming rates for Black Americans can be attributed to multiple factors, including preexisting health conditions, limited access to resources, racism and implicit bias, stigma, and systemic inequities within the field of healthcare. On this episode, we are joined by Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, President and Founder of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, and Dr. Shawana Moore, AWHONN Member, and Assistant Professor, Program Director and Practitioner at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Crear-Perry and Dr. Moore will share their insights on racism, implicit bias, stigma, and disrespectful care, and provide us with the tools necessary for moving forward.