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Awards & Publications

Shafia Monroe’s audiences encompass many diverse organizations, academic institutions, and individuals, including:

  • Rikki Lake
  • Albina Rotary Club
  • Oregon Health and Science 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 railroad 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
Shafia Monroe receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Health

Shafia Monroe receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Health in 2014.

News & Media

  • Improving Birth Outcomes: A New Journey for a Portland Entrepreneur by Dana Lynn Barbar, The Portland Observer, November 28, 2017. Link to online article.
  • 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, 2015Link 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. (2013). “Presidential Address,” Black Midwives and Healers Review. Link to PDF, 31 pages.
  • Monroe, SM. (2011). “Reclaiming Childbirth,” Sojourners Magazine. Link to online article.
  • Monroe, S.M. et, al. (2010). “The Child is The Gem,” Into These Hands, Wisdom From Midwives.
  • 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.”

Shafia M. Monroe, DEM. CDT, MPH
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