Birth HERstory Blog
Celebrating the HERstory of Black women in BIRTH in the 21st Century
Infusing SPIRIT and SOUL into Birthwork to Continue the Legacy of Protecting Black Women
"You're piecing [the call to birthwork] together... How do you piece together the whiteness that you are seeing with the Blackness that's in you and make it make sense? Because that's what you're forced to do... even thinking about how to incorporate soul work and spirit work into it." ~ Brittany 'Tru' Kellman, CPM, CD, CLC
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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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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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