Shafia Monroe Birthing Change

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Tag: midwife

  • Traditional Home Birth Supplies

    Traditional Home Birth Supplies

    Home birth is an ancient tradition and the most sacred place to birth.  Birth takes place in tents, igloos, huts, apartments, cars, cabins, mansions, water, and outdoor spaces. Preparing for a home birth should be simple and inexpensive. The role of traditional home birth supplies is to create a sacred and hygienic environment Shopping for…

  • Announcement: Journal Article Published in 2020 NCMJ

    I am pleased to announce my recent article, Perinatal Disparities and Solutions, is now published in the North Carolina Medical Journal, January – February 2020. The US infant mortality rate is the highest within the cohort of industrialized nations. Healthcare providers, family, and friends must listen to women. We know that at least 60% of…

  • Launching Your Birth Work Using A Non-Profit

    Launching Your Birth Work Using A Non-Profit

    Creating a Non-Profit for Your Birth Work Thirty-plus years ago, I made the decision to find a way to serve families as a midwife.  It was stressful doing birth work and working a traditional job.   In my hiring interview, I told the employer that I was a midwife/birth worker; and that I could not predict…

  • Postpartum Care and Moroccan Mint Tea

    Postpartum Care and Moroccan Mint Tea

    On May 4th, I arrived in Tangier, Morocco for the Tribal Sisterhood Retreat. I attended the retreat to learn Moroccan postpartum rituals.  I was excited to participate and to learn the wisdom from traditional midwives and elder healers.  My life’s work is to heal trauma and bring spirituality back full circle in birth, by connecting…

  • The Danger of Preeclampsia

    The Danger of Preeclampsia

    Why Is Preeclampsia Dangerous? Preeclampsia is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality, particularly in the Black community.   Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-induced condition that can begin as early as 20 weeks gestation.  Science is still seeking both causes and solutions to preeclampsia. “Preeclampsia and eclampsia are part of the spectrum of high blood pressure, or hypertensive, disorders that can occur during…

  • Ending Black U.S. Maternal Mortality

    Ending Black U.S. Maternal Mortality

    Ending Black U.S. Maternal Mortality by Trusting Black Women and responding to their needs. Maternal mortality can be prevented with self-advocacy, and using midwives and doulas, both in hospitals and at home.

  • Art of African American Postpartum Care

    Art of African American Postpartum Care

    About 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…