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Practicing African American Postpartum Care


Program Overview

Practicing African American Postpartum Care is a program of Shafia Monroe Consulting/Birthing CHANGE. The program was formed to teach African postpartum traditions that were practiced by 20th century African American midwives, as a way to continue African traditions, teach mothering, include the father, and create a community to care for the new family.  This is considered advanced postpartum training.

The program teaches three core values (for the mind, body, and spirit) that are needed to help new mothers fully recuperate after the birth of their baby, using postpartum hands-on traditions, rituals, and spirituality.  These practices soothe the mind and the postpartum body and calm the newborn. Participants who take this training will learn African American postpartum traditions and rituals and how to apply them.

With African American postpartum care, maternal morbidity is reduced and postpartum celebration rituals for the mother and her baby are practiced.

Training Dates: March 15, 2023
Time: 10:00 am PST – 5:30 pm PST
Training Fee: $750.00

Registration closes March 14, 2023, at 11:00 pm PT.

Training Format

This didactic training is lecture, PowerPoint, discussion, videos, and question-and-answer.  The program is designed for experienced doulas, midwives, maternal and child health professionals, and birth workers; and who are committed to learning African American postpartum care methodologies.  This is an opportunity to learn African American postpartum history and traditions.


Certificate of Completion with Six(6) Contact Hours


Shafia Monroe is a veteran midwife, founder of the ICTC, now NAABB and the SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training, LLC, she is a Master of Public Health, and a historian of 20th Century African American midwives. She is the leading voice on African American birth traditions, postpartum rituals, nutrition,  parenting, and leadership development.  She teaches and shares her wisdom from a place of love, eldership, experience, and validation.  You can learn more about her work at

Training Goals:

Goal: The Purpose of African American postpartum care.
Goal: Improve the postpartum recuperation period.
Goal: Connect African American mothers to their culture

Learning Objectives:

After the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recite African American postpartum care practices.
  • Describe the physiological and emotional needs in the postpartum period.
  • Discuss maternal morbidity prevention measures
  • Discuss postpartum comfort measures.
  • Explain the role of the community in postpartum recuperation.
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Webinar: African American Postpartum Belly Binding

Not long ago, in rural Virginia it was customary for the mother to have a belly band made for the new baby and a belly band aka belly binder made for her, for her postpartum time. Once the baby was born the midwife and female family members put the belly binder on the postpartum mother (Fraser, G.J., (1998) P.244).

Wrapping the mother’s belly or womb area after birth was traditional for the 40 days postpartum. The belly binder would be checked and adjusted as the uterus shrunk. Postpartum belly binding is a healing methodology for a healthy postpartum recuperation.

This Webinar Covers:

  • Pin secured belly binding
  • Sternum to hips belly binding
  • Mid-section belly binding
  • C-section belly binding
  • How to prepare the cloth
  • Binding while standing
  • Binding while lying down

Length: 1.5 Hours

Presenter: Shafia Monroe


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Webinar: African American Postpartum Care

Price: $24.95 You have not enrolled or registered on this site.

Webinar Description

Childbearing in the 20th Century was a life and death experience, and most deaths occurred in the postpartum period. World Health Organization (WHO) says, most maternal and infant deaths occur during this time. African American postpartum care is a protective factor against maternal mortality by practicing traditions that safeguard the mother and her infant.

The African American postpartum care model extends beyond the western standard of 6 weeks postnatal care. Science has confirmed that certain parts of recuperation after birth can take up to a year.

African American postpartum care is a rite of passage that restores strength to the mother and protects the newborn against illness, by caring for the mother, loving the newborn, and working with the extended family. This model of care is built on public health, traditions and rituals, and the respect of elder wisdom.

Learning Objectives:

• Vital steps in postpartum care to reduce the adverse effects associated with childbirth.
• Traditions and behaviors that will help reduce common discomforts during the postpartum period and decrease maternal morbidity rates.
• What modality provides relief of common postpartum discomforts
• Best practices when providing postpartum care extending beyond 40 days
• The Use of Monroe’s Postpartum Chart, as an educational tool.


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SMC Childbirth Educator Training Program

SMC Childbirth Educator Training Program is a 6-week training (1 day per week). There are assignments in between classes to ensure that you are an expert childbirth educator. Handouts, lectures, PowerPoints, Role Playing, and articles are included in the training. 

                          “Be An Empowering Childbirth Educator!”

Course Schedule:

March  11-2022 through May 31, 2022

Time: Weekly (Tues.): 3:00am PST – 6:30 PST.

Week 1: The  history of childbirth education in the United States.

Week 2: The physiology of birth and cultural competency.

Week 3: Labor support and management.

Week 4: Postpartum period and breastfeeding.

Week 5: The love of teaching. 

Week 6: Building a business. 


  • Doula, midwife, or birth worker experience.
  • Show proof of three years of experience in the field.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • High school diploma or GED minimum requirement.
  • Access to stable internet, a headset with a microphone, and printer.  
  • Three references stating that you perfect candidate for the training

Application Fee

There is no cost to apply. If you meet all requirements, you will be notified of your acceptance into the program and provided with next steps to confirm your participation and process your training fee.

Training Fee

Training Fees are due within 7 days of your acceptance into the program. Payment can be made in one or two-installments. More information will be provided to eligible applicants.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this course, save your spot now. Fill out the inquiry form and you will be notified when registration opens. 

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