Birth HERstory Blog
Celebrating the HERstory of Black women in BIRTH in the 21st Century
"[The ancestral connection is] like rhythm, it's very rhythmic for me... like someone's playing the piano for me. If I'm in the birth room it's almost like I can hear music and I feel like something is leading me to certain areas. It's hard to articulate. Everybody's born with their measure of gifts and that just happens to be mine."
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."
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.)