Birth HERstory Blog
Celebrating the HERstory of Black women in BIRTH in the 21st Century
Planning for Homebirth as a Military Wife & Finding Helpers So 'You Don't Have to Do It Alone'
"[My midwife] didn't touch me unless it was welcomed. I loved the hands off thing... [I asked], 'What are your thoughts on just leaving me alone... being there but not being too much, too over bearing, too all in my face? I just want everybody to be there quietly, that's it. I'm not high maintenance. As long as you're there, but I don't need anyone touching me.'" ~ Candace Smith
Candace offers this gratitude:
"I would like to thank all of the women in my family for their strength and loving example. My midwife Kai Parker. My doula training organization Prodoula for the knowledge I have received while attending workshops. My birth and postpartum clients who have trusted me to care for their families."
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"We can live abundantly, but the way our systems are set up there's always someone at the bottom... someone being exploited. The fact that I don't want US or OUR BODIES to be exploited, if that's what makes me radical, then I'm here for that. [These systems are] so much a part of the dominant culture that it's hard to think of something otherwise. ~ Isis Rose, MA
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Reigniting a Path to Connection for 'Wise African Women' throughout the Diaspora
"The medical system has changed women. We feel like we can control everything and we cannot... I felt connected to 'other protectors' outside of myself and outside the medical system. I felt like I was protected. I was ready. Anything that would go wrong, it would go wrong at home." ~ Moji Yaï
Moji expresses gratitude to: International Center for Traditional Childbearing (Shafia Monroe's vision for pan-African birth workers' conference), Lina Houessinon (Benin, west African wisdom), Divine Birth Wisdom (Southern African American wisdom)
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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
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