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Help Black Mothers Get Maternal Care

How We Can Help Black Mothers Get the Maternal Care They Need? In the United States, 700 to 900 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes annually, and approximately 65,000 experience serious, near-fatal complications. Even more sobering, the Center for American Progress (CAP) reports that Black women are three to four times more likely to […]

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Collective Power to Save Black Mothers

 Black Maternal Health Conference & Training Institute “Collective Power to Save Black Mothers”  I was excited to attend the Black Maternal Health Conference & Training Institute on December 6-9, 2018 in Atlanta, GA.   Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) sponsored this conference. And what a dynamic alliance. The conference purpose was to advance Black maternal health, […]

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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 […]

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The Power of Touch: Massage During Labor

Massage and touch can be a powerful and effective tool for helping women during childbirth.  The use of massage is not a new concept. The earliest record of massage therapy dates back to 2400 BCE in the Tomb of Akmanthor . It has been indicated that massage was also used in ancient India, China, and Japan […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Self-Care

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