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Babies Don’t Cry In Africa

Attending To Baby’s Needs “African Parenting Styles We Like,” expands parenting as a cultural framework, and not an individual concept.   The US creates parenting guidelines that do not necessarily meet the cultural views or practices of many communities or cultures that parent in America. Comparison In “African Parenting Styles We Like,” African parenting is compared […]

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Preventing Burn Out Through Self-Care

By Shafia Monroe, Public Health Professional, and Doula Trainer Self-care!  Everyone’s talking about it, writing about it, and trying to achieve it. The fast pace of our society is leaving individuals scurrying to respond to texts, ringing phones, multi-level social media, work demands and the needs of the family.   People are managing long hours, working […]

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Community Midwifery: The Solution

I coined the term “Community Midwife” in 1980 to emulate the history of the 20th Century Black midwife; as Ms. Margaret Charles Smith, co-author of “Listen to Me Good, Life of an Alabama Midwife, and featured in the award winning “Bringin in Da Spirit “documentary, says, “I became a midwife working around nigh you know, […]

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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. […]

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Cross Cultural Knowledge in Maternity Care

About Learn how beliefs, cultures and ethnic practices can influence health behavior and health status. One of the biggest challenges in healthcare is providing culturally competent care to diverse populations. The US birthing population is changing, with communities of color having higher birth rates and disproportionately higher rates of infant and maternal mortality.  There is […]

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The History of the African American Midwife

The historical role of the African American midwife was one of hope and health; whose expertise helped define cultural perceptions of motherhood, protected, uplifted and empowered women and men, and improved maternity care in communities across the nation. The African American midwife was the keeper of traditions and a spiritual ritualist. She held a respected position […]

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Traditional Healing With Herbs Water and Salves

Through traditional healing, we help ease the common discomforts for the new mother; so, she can direct her energy to her emotional well-being and for bonding with her new baby. Science has concluded that more support is needed during the postpartum period. To the extent that it is now referred to as the fourth trimester […]

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Shafia M. Monroe, DEM. CDT, MPH
Office Number: 503-927-8357 | Email: Shafia@shafiamonroe.com