Shafia Monroe on Traditional Black Midwifery, Spirituality, and Community Advocacy
Evidence-Based Birth Podcast
Black Maternal Health and the Black Midwifery Tradition
Episode 2 of the On The Square Podcast
On The Square, Sapelo Square Arts and Culture editor Ambata Kazi-Nance speaks with a renowned midwife, birth work historian, and doula educator Shafia Monroe. Shafia is the founder of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing, the leading birth work training institute in the United States for Black midwives and doulas, and the first nonprofit in the nation to promote home birth in Black communities and elevate Black midwifery.
They discuss the history and traditional practices of Black midwifery, the contemporary challenges of Black maternal and infant health disparities, and how birth workers can and are impacting positive change for Black families.