Birth HERstory Blog
Celebrating the HERstory of Black women in BIRTH in the 21st Century
Shining "Our Mothers' Light" as a Guide Back to Ancestral African Birth & Mothering Traditions
"Every baby that is born comes in with its own blessings and its own bag that's going to help them accomplish their destiny in this life. | We've accepted so much of what modern society has to offer us, all the glitz... At least if you're going to strive for those things, don't leave your other stuff behind, take it with you because you're gonna need it.
Kemeera Nimahat and Zetanefert Zipewtu are the "two hearts" of Our Mothers' Light. To be in their presence is to feel the energy of their sisterhood and their commitment to honor our ancestral ways. For these two sisters, connection to Africa is a lifestyle and a way of being that they seek to share with others, especially those in the African Diaspora.
Their extended stays in various locations in West Africa and immersion into African cultures make them a repository of first hand information about cultural ways that support our efforts to reclaim what we have lost about childbirth and mothering. You are sure to appreciate the candor with which they speak about the power of knowing who we are and returning to practices that support our efforts to become who we have always been. Enjoy our conversation!
Our Mothers' Light offers these words of gratitude:
We thank our mothers and the mothers before them, we thank our Master teacher Neb Naba and our teachers at The Earth Center and all those back on our Ancestral lands who in their benevolence have been our teachers.
Get connected with Our Mothers' Light and check out their resources:
Phone: (312) 767-1263
Facebook: Our Mothers' Light
I love celebrating Black women in birthwork and birth. I become even more excited when I see Black women solving problems and filling in gaps as only we can.
Christina Jemine is one such woman. She created Black Sisters Birth Assistant Workshops because she saw that trainings for Birth Assistants, focused on a Black cultural context, were practically non-existent. Like Black women have always done, she met the need. These workshops are providing another opportunity for Black women to get involved in birthwork.
Christina is a gift.
She is a gift to birthing mothers.
She is a gift to modern midwifery.
She is a gift to Black women getting involved in midwifery.
And I believe, she is a gift from the healers and midwives in her ancestral lineage.
Christina offers gratitude to her "mother, maternal grandmother & great grandmothers."
Connect with Christina to learn more about the Black Sisters Birth Assistant Workshop:
Facebook: Black Sisters Midwifery Services, PLLC.
What are YOU waiting for to start learning about how to care for women during the childbearing year? Whether you are considering a career in birthwork, want to learn to help your family and friends or desire to be a resource for your community, "10 THINGS" is your starting place! Learn from from a Black historical perspective... learn from "someone who looks like you"... STOP WAITING... START LEARNING RIGHT NOW!
In other words, "She said what she said..."
When we help Birth HERstories we are acknowledging the BLACK BIRTH RENAISSANCE that is happening around the world! When we share our stories, practices, or traditions from women of African descent in America, we help preserve Black Birth HERstory. It is our responsibility as descendants of African women who were trafficked to the U.S. to hold their stories and know their practices, so that we are able to continue their tradition of being self-reliant and self-sustaining as communities of Black women.
My work is informed by my background – experiences, expertise, exposure, education & environment – as a woman, mother, wife, sister, educator, researcher, scholar, advocate, birth ally and legacy builder. #IAmTheAnswer #WeSaveOurselves
(Please note that the information shared on this blog is for information purposes only. Pregnant women should consult their PCP before following any practices found within the Birth HERstory Series Blog.)
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