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Helping health care professionals achieve cultural competency,
increase clients, and improve birth outcomes.

Shafia Monroe is a veteran midwife, doula trainer, and founder of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing, now the National Association to Advance Black Birth (NAABB).  She is president of Shafia Monroe Consulting, LLC, owner of SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training, LLC and she is a cultural competency trainer and motivational speaker. Her life’s work has been dedicated to improving maternal and infant in the Black community. Monroe believes that her glass is half-full and that we all can birth change. Monroe is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She loves inspiring new families. Learn more.

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Shafia Monroe

A legend, a legacy

Shafia, you are a legend and your legacy is the seed you have planted and nurtured in so many women, and the way they are spreading like wildfire.

Katherine Hall-Trujillo
Katherine Hall-Trujillo

Shafia Monroe Consulting

Shafia Monroe Consulting (SMC) provides training, webinars, keynote presentations, motivational speaking, and consulting for health professionals to reach their goals in professional development, cultural competency, and better birth outcomes.

We have a winner!

Shipharah Israel is the winner of the 5th Annual Ayanna Ade Black Student Midwife Scholarship. Read more about the scholarship here.

Train to be a doula

SMC Full Circle Doula Training was founded by Shafia Monroe. Acquire full-circle knowledge to improve infant and maternal health.


We've got a deal! Mothering The Mother by Shafia Monroe. Non-fiction health/medicine
Shafia Monroe’s book will be available in 2025. Learn more …

Stay Informed with Recent Blog Posts

  • We’ve got a deal!

    Shafia Monroe has a book deal for publication in Spring 2025 Veteran midwife and founder of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Shafia Monroe’s MOTHERING THE MOTHER: AFRICAN AMERICAN POSTPARTUM TRADITIONS, RECIPES, AND HEALING, a treatise on the contemporary, holistic system of the African American postpartum traditions that support new mothers in ways that conventional…

  • Grand Opening of Shafia Monroe Office & Learning Center

    Huge Success We are delighted to share that on November 9, 2023, Shafia Monroe Consulting (SMC) held its grand opening, which turned out to be a tremendous success. The event welcomed families, local businesses, non-profit organizations, and friends who had the opportunity to learn about the services offered while networking and touring the office and…

  • “Investing in Maternal & Infant Health, streamed on December 2, 2021. Sponsored by March of Dimes.”

    Hear Shafia Monroe, speak on how to improve maternal health (Start from the beginning to hear Shafia speak.) The Hill’s Steve Clemons discusses investing in maternal & infant health with experts and Shafia Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH (President, Shafia Monroe Consulting/Birthing CHANGE, Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, RADM USPHS (Director, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for…

  • Healthcare Disparities Black Women Receive and What to Do About Them

    To say that we live in a post-racial society would be a gross myth and incorrect claim. Those who cannot “see race” only claim so because race may not be weaponized against them. Systemic racism continues to infiltrate institutions, further embodied by individuals who systemically act on their prejudice. This happens with such frequency, in alarming…

  • Preterm Birth Prevention Strategies

    At SMC, we appreciate November Prematurity Awareness Month, part of the March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Campaign which began in 2003. Through education, voice, social media, events, community service projects and more, individuals and organizations come together to reduce the number of premature births. Preterm is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of…

  • Don’t Lose a Tooth for Every Baby: Pregnancy and Oral Health

    Oral health during pregnancy is especially important for the pregnant woman/person. The old wives’ tale that says a pregnant woman loses a tooth for every pregnancy should not be accepted as the norm. Perhaps this saying comes from the fact that with poor oral health and a poor diet, a mother’s teeth were negatively impacted…

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