Awards & Publications
Shafia Monroe’s audiences encompass many diverse organizations, academic institutions and individuals, including:
- Rikki Lake
- Albina Rotary Club
- Oregon Health and Sciences University
- San Francisco Healthy Birth Initiative
- ACNM Midwives of Color Association
- Midwives Alliance of North America
- Midwifery Today Conference
- Portland State University
- Universite De Libre in Colombia (South America)
- The Birth Congress—Water Birth International
- High Schools
- National Conferences, and many more.
2013 Recipient, “Don’t Lose This Dream Award” video
Shafia Monroe’s work as a midwife, historian, and public health professional — her consistent mission of reducing infant and maternal mortality — has earned her numerous awards.
- 2016 Recipient of the LifeTime Achievement Award; Maternal-Child Health Champion Awards Ceremony
- 2014 Recipient of the LifeTime Achievement Service Award for Community Health — We are Health Movement; Recognized for public health and advocacy
- 2013 Recipient, “Don’t Lose This Dream Award.”
- 2012 Recipient of the Midwife Hero Award for outstanding community service and dedication to midwifery; Midwives of Color Committee; ACNM
- 2012 Recipient of the Harriet Tubman Award as a leader in the underground rail to reduce infant mortality; Birthing Project USA
- 2011 Recipient of the Infant Advocacy Angel Award for reducing infant mortality and improving birth outcomes; The Red Dress Society
- 2008 Recipient of the Achievement Award for succeeding in helping others; 4th Annual Muslim Women’s Conference
- 2007 Women Making History in Portland Mural for promoting midwifery care in Portland, OR
- 2007 Recognition for Preserving the Legacy of Midwifery and Serving as A Historian for Midwifery; National Institute of Health (NIH)
- 1989 Recipient of the Unsung Hero Award
News & Media
- How Shafia M. Monroe Became the Queen Mother of a Midwifery Movement, by Erickka Sy Savané, July 29, 2016. Link to online article.
- Regulating Birth-Special Edition: Oregon Historical Quarterly, Summer 2015.
- “Midwifery’s Diversity Problem Hits Spotlight,” by Kimberley Allers, Seals, We News, 2015. Link to online article.
- “How I Did It: Midwife and CEO Shafia Monroe,” by Satya Nelms, Mater Mea, 2014. Link to online article.
- “Birthing, Blackness, and the Body: Black Midwives and Experiential Continuities of Institutional Racism,” by Keisha La’Nesha Goode; Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2014. Link to PDF, 215 pages.
- “Community-Based Community-Oriented Maternity Care,” by Carol Sakala, MSPH, Pew Health Policy Fellow, Health Policy Institute, © 1989 American Journal of Public Health. Link to PDF, 2 pages.
- “Midwives Fight AMA to Provide Black Maternal Care,” by Malena Amusa, We News, 2008. Link to online article.
- Monroe, S.M. et, al. (2016). Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth.
- Monroe, S.M. et, al. (2010). “The Child is The Gem,” Into These Hands, Wisdom From Midwives.
- Monroe, SM. (2011). “Reclaiming Childbirth,” Sojourners Magazine. Link to online article.
- Monroe, S.M. (2013). “Presidential Address,” Black Midwives and Healers Review. Link to PDF, 31 pages.
- Monroe, S. M. (2008) “Midwives Honor the Sexuality of Pregnancy and Birth,” Midwifery Today.
- Monroe, S. M., & Dula, A. (1990) “Lay Midwifery, Just Ain’t Fair: The Ethics of Health Care for African Americans.”