Maternal Telehealth Access Project (MTAP) has developed and catalogued resources that will increase capacity of providers to provide trauma-informed maternal care via telehealth.
MTAP Presents: Maternal Telehealth Forum
In April 2021, MTAP held a public panel discussion and exhibition of the work done by grantees under the project. Below is the program book (PDF download and flipbook). For questions about any events, please email Alice Pollard.
Download the Forum Program Book
View and Share the MTAP Forum Virtual Program Flipbook
MTAP-Developed Trainings and Resources
Webinar: Telehealth, COVID-19, and Intimate Partner Violence: Increasing Safety for People Surviving Abuse
Given the COVID 19 pandemic, and the shift to virtual care, it is very difficult for providers to determine patient safety and confidentiality during visits. The “shelter-in-place” recommendations for communities can increase the risks for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and their children. This two-part series reviewed promising practices for providers working within a virtual space reviewing how power and control issues may look different within the ‘shelter in place’ situation and how this might prevent people from being able to reach out for help. Talking about healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to help friends and family is a strategy that builds stronger client relationships and allows survivors to hear about resources and ways to promote safety without disclosure of IPV.
As a result of the series, participants will be able to identify strategies for self-care and attunement to reduce burnout; describe evolving practices and challenges around virtual care and intimate partner violence; and describe the CUES intervention to address intimate partner violence adapted for virtual visits.
View “Part 1: Understanding Staff and Client Needs in the Time of COVID: Healing Centered Engagement and Equity as Guiding Principles to Support Staff and Help Families”
View “Part 2: Helping Maternity Care Providers Address Domestic Violence in a Pandemic”
For slides or handouts, email Alice Pollard.
Webinar: Maternal Health Remote Monitoring: Stories from the Field
Moderated by an MTAP project specialist, three expert panelists discuss their experiences and observations providing and facilitating remote monitoring for maternal health.
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
• List 3 metrics commonly measured at home during pregnancy and/or postpartum
• Describe advantages of using remote monitoring for maternal care
• Describe barriers to implementing remote monitoring for maternal care
View “Maternal Health Remote Monitoring: Stories from the Field”
Webinar: Crafting Your Sustainability Message Through Storytelling
Originally aired January 2021, this webinar features three professional storytellers who give attendees guidance about how to craft a storytelling message for sustainability.
View “Crafting Your Sustainability Message Through Storytelling”
Free Online Course: Giving Birth During the COVID-19 Pandemic
MTAP partner organization, My Perinatal Network, released the first training with MTAP support in August 2020. These free online courses support providers and mothers coping with COVID-19. Access the various courses here. Continuing Education Credits Available.
Information Sheet: Telehealth and HIPAA Consent
Resource Listing: Providing Virtual Lactation Support
Resource Listing: Supporting Mental Well-being of Maternity Care Providers
Experiences with Maternal Telehealth
The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in 2020 forced Americans to grapple with new public health safety standards involving physical distancing. In the world of maternal health, this meant shifting many appointments to telehealth. MTAP staff talked with patients and providers about their experiences using telehealth during this time. Here, we share their voices.
MTAP: First Maternal Telehealth Appointment
COVID forced many providers and patients to suddenly pivot to telehealth appointments. That was jarring for some new moms experiencing a first pregnancy.
MTAP: Establishing Rapport with Marginalized Communities
Providers must consider how to establish trust with and meet the needs of diverse communities. This includes avoiding making assumptions.
MTAP: Establishing Rapport
Patients and providers discuss what stood out for them when establishing rapport via telehealth.
MTAP: Tips for Providers around Technology
Providers discuss what they’ve noticed when working with patients via telehealth.
MTAP: Patient Support around Technology
Ensuring that patients feel comfortable using the technology for telehealth is key to establishing a good relationship. A provider discusses her experience.
MTAP: Post-partum care
Transitioning from prenatal to postpartum care can be confusing! One patient discusses her experience.
MTAP: Providing Professional Privacy via Telehealth
A patient and provider discuss important privacy considerations during telehealth.
MTAP: Real Postpartum Conversations
A new mom provider discusses the emotional and relationship difficulties that don’t get talked about during post-partum care. *Advisory: Profane Language.
MTAP: Tips for Maternal Telehealth Providers
Patients and providers offer ideas for maternal telehealth providers to improve services.
About the interviewees:
- Dr. L. Joy Baker, MD, FACOG, PMH-C, C-EFM, MT(ASCP)
See more of her work on her YouTube channel, Delivering Joy MD
- Dr. LaTrice L. Dowtin, PhD, LCPC, NCSP, RPT
Teletherapist serving clients in Maryland and Florida in English and American Sign Language.
- Karen Saxer, CNM, MSN
Certified Nurse Midwife Specialist
- Moriah Harris, RN, BSN, IBCLC, LCCE
MSN and CNM anticipated June 2021
New mom as of March 15, 2020.
- Gillian Dougherty, MPH, BSN, RN
PMHNP anticipated December 2021
New mom as of November 23, 2020.
- Savannah Stark
Deputy Director, Sepsis Alliance
New mom as of November 3, 2020.
Additional resources related to telehealth can be found in the Resource Center and from HRSA funded telehealth resource centers.