JUSTICE & EQUITY
Midwifery work is activist work, and until our society breaks down systems of oppression that contribute to our high maternal and infant mortality rate, particularly for Black women, it will be so. Midwives guide families to make informed decisions in their prenatal, labor, birth, and postpartum care based on evidence-based practices, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. Prior to serving families as a midwife, I had a ten-year career in various non-profit organizations that focused on social justice issues. I did everything from organizing on college campuses on issues including voting rights and ending violence against women to directing large-scale events that brought together environmentalists and union workers. I am currently active in the reproductive justice movement and believe that:
-Everyone deserves the right to birth where, when, and with whom they choose.
-Every pregnant person should be treated with dignity and respect.
-The pregnant person’s bodily autonomy and bodily integrity are paramount in the care they receive
-It is critical to center Black women in midwifery work in order to adequately address anti-racism in midwifery care and health care if we are going to reduce the incidence of Black maternal mortality and morbidity in the U.S.
-As a white, cisgender woman it is critical to recognize my privilege and take meaningful steps toward eradicating racism, classism, ableism, ageism, and transphobia in birth work.
There are actions YOU can take to help make the world a safer, kinder, and gentler place for all families! Check out the links below to educate yourself and to learn how you can make a difference:
Black Women Birthing Justice: http://www.blackwomenbirthingjustice.org/what-is-birth-justice
The Big Push for Midwives: http://pushformidwives.nationbuilder.com
The Doula Access Project: https://www.everyday-miracles.org/doula-access-project/
Birth for Every Body: www.birthforeverybody.org
Mamatoto Village: http://www.mamatotovillage.org
Minnesota Prison Doula Project: http://prisondoulas.blogspot.com/p/what-we-do.html
Paid Family Leave: http://paidfamilyleave.org
Plus Size Birth: http://plussizebirth.com
Black Mamas Matter: blackmamasmatter.org
The Historical Roots of Contemporary Violence Against Pregnant Black Women: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36205-the-historical-roots-of-contemporary-violence-against-pregnant-black-women
Our Laws Period-Shame Women: http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/features/a25464/congresswoman-grace-meng-menstrual-equity-bill/
*This is a "living" document. Please let us know if there are other links we need to share on this webpage.